Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Things You Learn from Government Agencies

While working on my Trademarks final exam, I was running searched on the PTO's website. Out of curiousity, I ran a search for "Harry Potter" (since one of our mock issues is the registration of the title of a single creative work as a trademark). A rather long list popped up, and a rather instructive one at that. It would seem as though Scholastic/Warner Bros., in an attempt to avoid trademark infringement, filed initial applications for a whole bunch of titles that they subsequently dropped - "Harry Potter and the Hogsmeade Tomb" or "Harry Potter and the Mudblood Revolt," anyone?

Not sure if the dropped titles provide any spoilerish insight, but it's an interesting list nonetheless.