Top 20 Ridiculous Things Celebs Tried To Trademark

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Rumble / Entertainment LifeThere are many mysterious things celebrities tried to trademark. In this Article, we are looking phrases, words, and concepts that the famous and rich have attempted to trademark, whether or not they were successful in doing so.

Sometimes it is the simplest things that make for the most ridiculous trademark battles. In this case, two famous figures have fought over the use of the word “Yuup”: musician Dave Hester and Trey Songz who stars in the show “Storage Wars”. Both have claimed rights over this word.

In 2012, at the beginning of his NBA career, Anthony Davis trademarked two different phrases; “Fear the brow” and “Raise the brow”.

In 2006, Dennis Green was the coach of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and he famously uttered the phrase “They Are Who We Thought They Were” in an interview after a game they played against the Chicago Bears. This trending sensation has gone on to be intrinsically associate to him. He trademarked the phrase and used it to make some cash by printing it on various merchandise.

Michael Buffer is well-known announcer, he is become famous for his catchphrase, “Let's Get Ready to Ruuuuumble”.It turns out; this patent has actually been an incredibly lucrative one after he acquired it in 1993 Buffer had made, at a minimum, $300 million by licensing the rights to use the phrase. He makes more money from the trademark that he does actually use the phrase himself!

In 2011, Governor Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol Palin applied through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Patent their own names, in a move that called some suspicion to Palin’s political motivations. This was several years after the presidential election in which Palin was such a major figure, so you have gotta wonder what she was planning. Since no one challenged it therefor they were successful.

You may not be familiar with the name Nicole Elizabeth Polizzi but you have certainly heard of Snooki. Polizzi made a name for herself by appearing on the reality show “Jersey Shore” where she went by her nickname, Snooki. In 2010, Polizzi’s attempt to patent her name was rejected on the basis that it was already taken, by a cartoon cat character also called Snooky but spelled with a Y at the end. Would not want anyone getting confused between those 2 famous figures!

Mo Farah is not the only famous athlete to attempt to trademark a body movement. Quarterback Tim Tebow registered his signature move and was lucky in having its trademark. The thing is though, it is pretty simple. The devout Tebow said he is not looking to make a profit, but wants, "to just control how it is used, make sure it is used in the right way."

Donald Trump 45th President of the United States has filed some pretty ridiculous trademarks. he is particularly famously known for two phrases: “You’re fired” and “Make America Great Again”, both of which he has failed to patent. His first claim in 2005 for the generic phrase “You are fired!”. Was rejected, and shortly after the 2012 election he submitted paperwork for what would become his mega slogan, and it was approved in 2015.
Celebrities applying to trademark their catchphrases are clearly far from a new trend, and rapper Cardi B has become one of the most recent stars to attempt it. Cardi B’s signature noise/word “Okurrr” has become usually common knowledge, especially after she showed it off in that Pepsi Superbowl ad. While there were some negative remarks to the patent's filing, Cardi B had plenty to say to the haters.

After appearing in “The Simple Life” a reality show heiress Paris Hilton was instantly linked with her phrase “that’s hot”. Not long after, it was successfully trademarked. In 2007, Paris Hilton successfully sued Hallmark after they created a greeting card featuring her likeness, portrayed as a waitress carrying a plate and uttering the phrase, “that’s hot”.

Facebook the social media platform may be embattled on many fronts as of 2019, but Mark Zuckerberg has always been litigious when he wants to be. Zuck’s social network titan has at many times entered into legal battles with other online networks who have used either the prefix “book” or the suffix “face” in their apps or website names. Of course, the company owns the trademark for “Facebook”, but clearly that is not enough for them.


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