OWS Applies For A Trademark — And They’re Going To Have To Fight For It
10:42 am, November 1st | by Hillary Reinsberg
It would be an understatement to say Occupy Wall Street doesn’t exactly scream “capitalism.” But despite that, they’re trying to capitalize on the fact that the movement has become a trademark-worthy household name. And they’re going to have to fight for it. Everyone wants a piece of the Occupy Pie.
Organizers behind Occupy Wall Street applied for a trademark for ownership of the three-word term, says CNN Money. They’ll use it on merchandise, newsletters and on a website. Pretty harmless, and understandable that they’d want to own the term.
But others have realized its value — meaning they’ll have to fight off others who’ve tried to capitalize on the movement’s success.
If you recall, a Long Island couple tried to file for a trademark last week. They’re trying to trademark “Occupy Wall St.” — note the abbreviation — to make a quick buck off some merchandise, if they can. But they say they’ll sell it to the protesters when they’re done.
There’s also a man in Arizona, also unaffiliated with the protests, who applied for a trademark of “Occupy Wall Street” the same day as the protesters. The protesters filed their application a few hours before him, so it looks like they’ll likely win.
At the end of the day, there’s a little capitalism in everything. It’s just a bit ironic that we see it in a movement against corporate America.