LeBron James’s attempt to trademark the phrase “ Taco Tuesday' was rejected because the phrase was “commonly used in everyday speech'
The United States Patent and Trademark Office said that the phrase was “commonly used in everyday speech.”12:17 a.m. ET “Taco Tuesday” got bad news on Wednesday. More specifically, the United States Patent and Trademark Office turned down the basketball superstar LeBron James’s attempt to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday.” The patent office said that the phrase was “a commonplace term, message or expression widely used by a variety of sources that merely conveys an ordinary, familiar, well-recognized concept or sentiment.” It cited several news articles that showed that “Taco Tuesday” is used widely “to express enthusiasm for tacos by promoting and celebrating them on a dedicated weekday.” The patent office also pointed to the similarity of “Taco Tuesday” to another trademark already in existence, “Techno Taco Tuesday,” which is held by an entertainment company in Las Vegas. The office said “merely omitting some of the wording from a registered mark may not overcome a likelihood of confusion.” A spokesman for Mr. James said Wednesday night that his lawyers were still looking over the patent office’s findings. Still, he cast the decision in a positive light. He said that in refusing to trademark the phrase because it was common, the office had essentially offered what Mr. James wanted all along: protection from liability if he used “Taco Tuesday” in certain projects, like podcasts and other media. “If this opens the door for ‘Taco Tuesday’ to be open to everybody, all the better,” the spokesman said. “That would be a great outcome of this. The entire purpose of this is to protect Lebron and subsequently everybody else.” Mr. James often uses the phrase on Instagram to let people know it is his family’s taco night. The application was filed on Mr. James’s behalf on Aug. 15 by a company called LBJ Trademarks LLC. The company sought protection for use of the phrase in a host of forums, including “downloadable audio/visual works,” podcasts, social media, online marketing and “entertainment services.” Soon, it became national news, with many questioning whether anyone should hold a trademark for a phrase so widely used. In fact, a restaurant in Cheyenne, Wyo., does already hold a trademark for “Taco Tuesday.” The restaurant has aggressively protected its intellectual property, The Los Angeles Times reported . Mr. James’s attempt to claim the term was seen as a possible means to “free” it for use by all. Josh Gerben, a lawyer specializing in trademarks, said if Mr. James really did want to shield himself from liability, he could file something called a “petition to cancel” that could essentially void another trademark. Mr. James’s team has six months to respond if they want to challenge the patent office’s move, which is technically called a “refusal.” But Mr. Gerben said it’s unlikely, as the refusal is “pretty hard to overcome.” Read More Read more: The New York Times
Hey dumbass, Trademark status The Wyoming-based fast food restaurant Taco John's was granted a trademark for 'Taco Tuesday' in 1989, and has defended against other restaurants using that phrase HEMshire_farm just something I love to see Hooray! Tacos can rain from the sky once again!!! LeBronJames Lebron James is so dumb that he actually tried to patent 'Taco Tuesday' of course was denied. That's been running for years!!! DeportesRayTrue the fuck you was thinking KingJames hahahahahahahaa
Well ya have Try! How are his lawyers this clueless? Shaq owns a Pizza Hut! That's worth more than Taco Bell. Doesn’t some place in like Wyoming already own it? He should have gone with Menudo Monday! “Not three, not four” strangely still available Maybe he should try “ Fried Chicken Friday “
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That’s some LA shit. The audacity. Im gonna trademark the word “the” Is Taco Thursday still available... How is this news? Duh Y’all really don’t read. Stop trying to trademark speech. Yeah. Just like Let's Roll! Just cause you say it, doesn't mean you can own it! Idiot This reminds me of Paris Hilton trying to claim thatshot several years ago. I’m calling dibs on trademarking ffs!
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This just shows his character and more about his true self... The audacity! It's like me trying to trademark 'Thank God it's Friday'... espn NBA LeBronJames LeBron James' new emoji: 🤡 the audacity to TM such a thing, what a greedy bitch The Lakers can't win anything. 🤣 he tried it! You mean he’s money was no good?
Walk away with head down behind “The” Ohio State lawyers... Is Fish Friday still available? “Airplanes took aim at trade marking Taco Tuesday” What about, Taco Martes !!! Meaning, taco Tuesday, in Spanish.
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Could have told you that one, but a huge upside potential, so I don’t blame him for trying. This is like when I tried to trademark the phrase 'T_Rump is a grifter'. He's got till Thursday to think of something because Wednesday is Prince spaghetti day. What is with these Ohio people and trademarks all of a sudden?
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I'm about to trademark 'Raw D*ick and Netflix' for us married folks. 😂 BigBoi Which was blatantly obvious when he did it. But he’s having the last laugh because you’re talking about it and people are gonna want to know what he’s up to. Expect a taco joint in the near future Odds LeBron posts anymore Taco Tuesday videos on Instagram?
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Wtf LeBron lol 'Oh well, at least the hours were billable.' --Every Lawyer, Every Time. The audacity to attempt something like this after being in LA for what a year? FOH 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤷♂️🤷♂️🤷♂️ These types of trademarks are really a waste of time and resources. Perhaps he should have just tried to copyright 'Tuesday'... Every calender company and Ruby Tuesdays would be paying out the ass... 😆 silly
This is a thing? Lebron chose this hill? As it should be, he didn’t invent it or popularize it. I mean, once every seven days speech, but yeah
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I want to trademark Benedict Donald. Trademark 'LeBron James.' Good...that stupid Taco Tuesday thing was so played out. Take yet another L 'chosen one' 😂 Thank goodness. TheLegoMovie This is the least surprising news ever