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Sarah, Bristol Palin seek to have their names trademarked

By Daniel Tencer
Sunday, February 6, 2011 12:32 EDT
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If former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol have their way, their names will soon be followed by an “®” in some promotional materials.

That’s because the Palins have applied to have their names trademarked — a request that was put on hold because the mother and daughter reportedly failed to sign their applications, and evidently didn’t prove that their names are used for commercial purposes.

While it is not uncommon for celebrities to trademark their names in order to prevent others from making a profit by linking that name to unlicensed products, it’s rare for a political figure to do so. The move suggests Palin sees her future as having to do at least as much with entertainment as with politics.

According to Politics Daily, Palin is seeking to have her name trademarked under two classifications: One for “information about political elections” and “providing a website featuring information about political issues,” and another for “educational and entertainment services … providing motivational speaking services in the field of politics, culture, business and values.”

Meanwhile, daughter Bristol Palin, who debuted last fall on Dancing With The Stars, applied to trademark her name “educational and entertainment services, namely, providing motivational speaking services in the field of life choices.”

Given Bristol’s history of promoting celibacy (despite having had a daughter as a teenager), this may suggest the younger Palin may be planning a career focusing on celibacy promotion and anti-abortion campaigning.

But a Patent Office lawyer wrote to the Palins, telling them the evidence they provided to back up their claims that their names are commercial trademarks was insufficient.

Sarah Palin’s application included a screenshot of the Fox News website announcing she would be joining the news network as a contributor and a series of screenshots from her Facebook page — evidently not enough to convince the Patent Office that her name is a commercially valuable trademark.

Jeffrey Kravitz, a Los Angeles intellectual property lawyer, told Politics Daily that trademarking a name is not impossible, “but it is not easy.”

 
 
 
 
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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Shameless money grubbing whores.

  • Anonymous

    She’s just being a good conservative.
    America first?

  • Ma’at

    Damn. There goes my line of toilet paper.

  • Anonymous

    Darn, I was going to market the ‘Sarah Palin New World Encyclopedia’.

  • Anonymous

    We seem to think alike.

  • Anonymous

    On the bright side, you might be able to get a picture of a moose with a circle around it.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Worse…wait til they get it done…then watch the nuisance lawsuits for infringement fly from them like winged monkeys. The objective isn’t branding on the lecture circuit…the objective is legally shutting down anyone who injures the ‘brand’ by mocking their visible and severe retardation.

  • Anonymous

    “Sarah Palin” would be the perfect name for a line of tampons since they’re both stuck up c*nts.

    Bristol will always be a foul-mouthed slut.

  • Anonymous

    I suggest they just cut to the chase and Trademark

    Grifters R Us

  • http://smugmug.com/other/anoceanapart Maheanuu

    I had NO idea that you could trademark “Hooker” or “Handjob”!

  • Anonymous

    Please…I thought February was the month in which journalists were taking a pledge to not mention, write about, or otherwise acknowledge the Nameless One?

    Don’t give it attention and it might go away…

    DO NOT FEED THE (REAL LIFE) TROLL!!!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    Trademark all you like, ladies. Wanting your names for anything would be like trademarking “Hitler” or “Anthrax”, the negatives FAR outweigh the positives.

  • http://twitter.com/Croisan Mark Everett Hall

    Of course, once trademarked, they can no longer use their names as nouns. By definition and law a trademarked term must be used as a modifier, such as Kleenix tissue or Xerox copier. So, it will be Sarah Palin® liar or Bristol Palin® loser. If they do not refer to themselves consistently as modifiers in their own communications and not nouns they will lose their trademark status. It will be fun to watch.

  • Anonymous

    I’m more interested to see if she can move from entertainment into politics, but I wouldnt put my money on it.

  • HelenRainier

    Arrogant, self-absorbed bitches – both of them.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t complete her term as governor and can’t seem to sign her name on a friggin form!

    And she’s afraid people want to use her bullshit name for promotional materials? Do Sarah and Bristol really think someone wants to associate their names with a business?

    Talk about a path to ruin!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lon-Warneke/1409625620 Lon Warneke

    Let her have her narcissistic self-serving trademark…
    I’d like to see her sue the parents of the first Teabagger/GOP baby that gets named after her.

  • Anonymous

    Sarah’s so stupid she thought if she signed the form she would have to pay herself a royalty.

  • outsidevoice

    ‘Stupid is as stupid does’….Forrest Gump

  • Anonymous

    What an embarressment for any sane moderate Republican. This woman is obviously out to make as much $$ as she can before the “lamestream media” tires of her. As long as she stays in the limelight, she will criticize this president no matter what he does and will step on any Republican who gets in her way. The lemmings that adore her and buy her books or contribute to her ‘candidacy’ deserve what they get.

  • Anonymous

    She’s smart. In case that Presidency thing doesn’t work out she can take care of herself. I’ll bet this whole presidential candidate gig is about adding value to her trademark. It’s all about the money and it will work for her. But Bristol? I’m not to sure about that. Maybe only as ‘daughter of Sarah” What other indentity does she have?

  • Ed Dominguez

    Right on! Tied of Tina Fay waking up her fan base to her wako ideas. SNL does a skit on Sarah quits the White House she can sue.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    And name a trailer park after themselves… no offense intended to those who do.

  • Anonymous

    She’s not smart.She has management and an agent.Like all entertainers.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    For right wing criminal Republicans entertainment and politics mix. They love to spout stupid slogans which really mean nothing.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    OMFG, an attorney speaks…. haha

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t know you could trademark “bitches”!

  • Anonymous

    You can’t sue for satire.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Seems to be all about money. The only way Palin could ever get into the White House, will be if the Establishment Right’s choice of Romney decides to incorporate her as his VP. What an awful ticket selection we would have: Romney/Palin vs. Obama/Clinton. Yikes…either one probably means war with Iran.

  • Anonymous

    They should be applied for under the Greedy Narcissist Idiot classification.

  • DesertSun59

    She’s not a celebrity and she’s a former politician.

    So, what’s the purpose.

  • Anonymous

    **These two tundra twats need to get over theyselves.

  • Anonymous

    It had to be explained to those two bimbo morons what a trademark is.

  • Anonymous

    This woman is one of the most narcissistic, sociopathic dingbats I’ve ever seen in my life. Thank you, John McCain and the GOP for foisting this lunatic on an unsuspecting nation.

  • Anonymous

    …….the Palins have applied to have their names trademarked — a request that was put on hold because the mother and daughter reportedly failed to sign their applications, and evidently didn’t prove that their names are used for commercial purposes.

    Half-done, half-assed, half-wits.

  • Anonymous

    The trademark is for “Braindead, pathological liar and secessionist,” right?

  • Anonymous

    There has to be other Sarah and Bristol Palins in the United States. So, do these other Sarahs and Bristols have to change their names because they would be in violation of trademark legalities? That’s assuming, emphasis on ASS, that these two “morans” sign the documents and provide more “proof” of their uniqueness. Otherwise, this is the stupidest thing I’ve heard yet about these two media whores.

  • Anonymous

    I hope Sarah does run. She’ll be a laugh a minute loser. Can you imagine her debating Romney? Pawlenty? Wouldn’t you think they’d have to break down and just call her a fucking idiot? Remember, this bitch thought NORTH Korea was our ally and a FOX NEWS host had to correct her by saying, “SOUTH Korea, Sarah.” Run, Sarah, run. If you do I’ll be watching Leno, Letterman, Conan, Stewart, Colbert, Maher, etc., for all the myriad of jokes they’ll be spewing at your dumbass expense.

  • Anonymous

    “educational and entertainment services, namely, providing motivational speaking services in the field of life choices.”

    So maybe we’ll be able to buy Bristol Palin sponsored instructional media on how to properly use their copyrighted sex toys and bobble-heads for personal pleasure.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCRNBMCPGAOEFGLTXYZVLQ2QPA Razi Masoud

    No one wants to be named after these 2 idiots anyways. And please trademark your name so no one uses it and thus we shall all forget you atrocities.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3WYAWTN4LJ2TAZGFCL3U4H6AWM TheGuru

    I wonder if Mattel will come out with a line of Palin Family Dolls now. I guess they would sue for royalties.

  • Anonymous

    They should have their ‘trademarks’ branded on their asses just in case they forget who they are.

  • Anonymous

    I think she thinks that she can sue someone for saying “Copyright-name is a pile of shit”
    just because it is copyrighted… That way she can prevent people from “making money” off of using her name WITHOUT PERMISSION!
    So, FOX is given permission to say “Copyright-name is better than Ronald Raygun.”
    But the traffic patrolofficer is not to say “Copyright-name was speeding and refused to take a breath analyser test.”
    Just another example of populis law to throw shit around until a real lawyer lays down the law.

  • Anonymous

    I think pail’n is writing a new book “Legal activism for dummies”

  • David R Velasquez

    It is all about the money with Sarah and her little ‘mini me’.

  • Anonymous

    Her name is in common use throughout the world. It is the same as trademarking “shit”. It is spit from angry mouths throughout the world. Eventually it will become a typecast term to describe a political front for corporate money, or a remarkable degree of ignorance in a politician. It is already in the public domain.

  • Anonymous

    Their sponsors trademark.

  • Anonymous

    Well, of course, I meant “trademarked” and not “copyrighted”…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Too bad Tina Fey beat them to it. LOL

    And I don’t get this Bristol crazy person preaching abstinance.
    It’s like Dean Martin giving temperance speeches.

  • Anonymous

    What if she actually got control of our nuclear weapons? It would be more dangerous that letting the muslim extremists get control of the nukes the CIA provided to Pakistan.

  • Anonymous

    Illegal immigrants born in Canada I am sure. They admit to crossing the border to get health care, probably because it was free.

  • Anonymous

    This Facebook page is spawning a movement to help Sarah trademark a term that truly would identify her brand uniquely. Lets all get behind it!!!! LOL!!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-Sarah-Palin-Trademark-the-Term-Dunce/192843034076550

  • Anonymous

    This Facebook page is spawning a movement to help Sarah trademark a term that truly would identify her brand uniquely. Lets all get behind it!!!! LOL!!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-Sarah-Palin-Trademark-the-Term-Dunce/192843034076550

  • Anonymous

    Do not miss the fact that Raw Story and Huff Post both give her publicity. Why?

  • Damonwlf

    Sorry girls, but, the word “Dumbass” can’t be trademarked.

  • Guest

    RAW puts this fucking Palin garbage on here to draw out angry emotions which bring viewers. I love this site but hate it when they do this Palin shit!

  • Guest

    See my post above you, Third_stone.

  • Anonymous

    “Sarah, Bristol Palin seek to have their names trademarked”
    The reason why is Bull Shit Artists was already spoken for.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry….Dumb and Dumber is already taken. Maybe you can use slut and sluttier.

  • Anonymous

    Make that title “Dummies for Dummies”
    There are many orifices that need to be sealed shut in that trailer park tribe for the sake of humanity.

  • Anonymous

    Aye. Everybody wants sales.

  • cannotvote

    Why isn’t ‘IDIOTS’ simply tatoo’d on their foreheads good enough?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RZTZPSZHHZBGTFJACF5QJLHMU VICKI

    Sarah is just doing her capitalist thing. Bristol obviously has ambitions to become the voice of her generation. She has so much valuable advise and mentoring to share with her peers, like how to be a teenage, unwed mom and have people praise you for the rest of your life for not having an abortion. Also, why education is such a waste of time when the real money is in celebrity AND how to slam people you don’t like on Twitter. Given time she may become the Brittany Spears of the Yukon.

  • Anonymous

    Notice how quickly she has came back and surface to keep her name in the limelight.
    Palin will do or say anything to keep her name there.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Larry Flint offered these two a few bucks if they would take him up on posing for his publication. A little mother/daughter action…maybe having a tea party.

  • Anonymous

    Bristol wants to protect her name? I didn’t think she believed in protection.

  • hegesias

    Does Bristol need to be able to spell her name to trademark it?

  • enorceht

    “… Patent Office lawyer wrote to the Palins, … (that) the evidence they provided … was insufficient.”

    i better hurry up and start that business for printing that sarah / bristol toilet paper before they find a patent lawyer they can buy

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCRNBMCPGAOEFGLTXYZVLQ2QPA Razi Masoud

    Honestly, they should change their names to Sarah and Bristol Idiot from the Moron clan in Alaska. NO ONE cares, EVERYONE makes fun of them because NO ONE cares. They’re a joke, seriously. Just like Poppy Bush and “Special” Bush, take your oil and use it as lubricant for your incest intercourse, because that’s all oil is good for.

  • enorceht

    that’s funny … everytime i look at them i can see idiot plain as day across their foreheads

    must be time to get new eyeglasses

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Gyorj Boosh.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    shoot!…so much for my Bristol Palin line of condoms….

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    I’m surprised no one has brought up the Mad Tea Party in Alice in Wonderland. It fits rather well.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    I have long been an advocate of having the IQs of politicians tattooed on their foreheads.

  • Anonymous

    Leave it to these two members of the brain trust to apply and not sign the applications. Someone needs to break it to them that you have to do more than look good. I could care less if they trade mark their names or not; it’s more a case of why would you bother. Does this mean that eventually someone would have to pay them to include their names in something? Why not just use bimbo and bimbette or Mean Girl 1 and Mean Girl 2? They really need to go back to Alaska and just stay there.

  • Anonymous

    I meant their names. They’re not the sharpest tools in the shed, after all.

  • LeftCoastLeftie

    So, like, little Miss Piggy abstained from signing her application?

    “The pen broke, the pen broke. I didn’t mean for it to happen!”

    Dang! I was all set to sell my Bristol Palin Lunch Bucket (5 gal size+ backup) and $arah Palin car alarm. (“Step away from the car !! You’re violating the car’s freedoms !! It’s unconstitutional!! Last chance or I’m calling my friends at the Alaska State Police.”)

  • Anonymous

    Yes, but you said their trademark. I carry that a step further and offer that any who feed at the campaign troth should have the names of their sponsors branded all over them. Only a few will have room for it all on their ass, but that will be the prime space, since that is what is shown most often. Palin, of course, is trying to make her own name the sponsor name, which works well for her sponsors, since they don’t really want their name seen.

  • LeftCoastLeftie

    If it could, don’t think the Teatards would have done it already.

  • LeftCoastLeftie

    How about a coin bank? They just hold out their hands in expectation of payment for anything … or nothing.

  • LeftCoastLeftie

    “Press inside left knee against inside right knee and hold tightly until age 35.”

    ‘Abstinence for Dummies’ by Bristol the Pisshead, i mean Pistol. That will be $29.95 ($39.95 if she has to write her name in it.)

  • LeftCoastLeftie

    Says a lot for a half-governor and half-student.

  • LeftCoastLeftie

    Can we get about 50 lefties out there to legally change their names before these two nimrods complete their applications? The lawsuits alone should provide a couple years of hassles.

  • LeftCoastLeftie

    Mini? Sarah’s got a nice chin, and that goes double for Bristol.
    Mini? The only DWTS “star” to gain weight during the competition.
    Mini? You mean her brain is smaller than Mommy’s?

  • Anonymous

    If they trademark their names, their names will be their trademarks. It’s not that difficult to figure out.

    The only problem with that would be, where would you put their corporate sponsors’ logos then?

  • Anonymous

    I think there will be time enough to figure that out. A jacket might be necessary, or they could wear printed tear-offs like a race driver has on his hface mask, and between photo ops the candidate tears off a layer. One might wonder, however, how this effects the birth certificate. A trade mark is not born in the sense of a citizen. If one runs for office under a trademark, and there is no birth certificate for that name, would we then have the first president from among the unborn?

  • David R Velasquez

    lol,..I guess I meant more totemistically.

    Maybe Bristol’s chin would count for Sarah’s ‘mini me’.

  • Anonymous

    Mattel may be ahead of them. We can hope. Maybe we can have a “trailer trash Sarah” doll

  • David R Velasquez

    Because Sarah and Bristol are leaving that space open for advertizers.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been reading the comments all the way down and I think the people here that are commenting are some of the smartest and the most creative people I’ve ever seen. Thank you, I’m laughing my ass off, keep it up.

  • Anonymous

    Real Americans don’t do this.

  • GunTotingLib

    At least that will be tree friendly since it won’t require a lot of paper to hold her world knowledge.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, like “Crapper” is a commercial trademark. But at least a Crapper flushes.

  • Anonymous

    At least Raw story doesn’t censor their comments. SnuffPo wouldn’t post my comment regarding Palin’s (unintelligible) comments about Egypt simply due to my reference about her being a sphinxter.

  • Taleisin

    Don’t Worry ! We all know she’s a bad shot anyway.
    If she aimed for North Korea, she’d probably hit Cuba.

  • Taleisin

    I notice, she hasn’t taken out a patent on ‘intellectual property’.

  • Taleisin

    But the jokes are great.

    The last few days, we have witnessed across the middle east, a moment in history and we saw it on cellphones and computers. A bit of comic relief is a good thing.
    I wonder how the Egyptians would react if they had politicians like Sarah?

  • Taleisin

    I’ll give you a postage stamp to write it on.

  • Anonymous

    These people are psycho.

  • Anonymous

    G E N I U S ! ! ! !

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester

    kkkunt#1 and kkkunt#2

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester

    Bingo !

  • Taleisin

    Because she’s an idiot. And a Beauty Queen.
    American love their beauty queens.
    There are polls to show that people vote for sexy politicians.
    Why not a beauty queen? She learned how to win votes years ago.

  • Anonymous

    A very- very- necessary step toward winning the white house-LOL

  • Judy Brownstein

    Because they have no intellect!

  • Judy Brownstein

    Because they have no intellect!

  • Anonymous

    GREAT!!!!!

  • Taleisin

    http://www.sarahpalin is available. But if you take it, use it, I want to be entertained. ;)

  • Taleisin

    And we can see how that turned out.

  • Anonymous

    The kind of intellectual thought we have come to know and love from LibS! HAppy 2012!

  • Anonymous

    Where are you from, North Korea?

  • Anonymous

    Same as when you look in the mirror!

  • RottenJohnny

    This ditsy bitch talks about people denying others, like laura sesspool, their first amendment rights. But if she gets her name trademarked, I have no doubt that’s exactly what she’ll try to do to anyone who uses her name in vain. Call her a ditsy bitch if she gets it, and get sued over trademark violations.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    Why don’t we go ahead and concede now and start referring to her as “that ditsy bitch”? That name fits her better than “Sarah” and is far, far more appropriate than “Queen Esther.”

  • Anonymous

    Sarah Palin would like to market a bobble-head doll, but she is afraid it will be smarter than she is!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FPBFO6RC5R2HHIP3VXSFU2RZQA mjj

    I thought their names were trademarked already associated with stupidity and ignorance.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe they can dissuade the Corporate Supreme Court to see things their way. After all, Clarence Thomas is a friend not a foe.

  • Anonymous

    I want to trademark the phrase “a gilded turd”, I expect it will have the same commercial value.

  • Anonymous

    I’m beginning to think the whole family has Down Syndrome.

  • Anonymous

    There are benefits to trademark names in that lawsuits can be brought regarding ‘dilution’ the purpose of which is simple harassment. Same goes for using the trademarked name in parodies and possibly other ‘embarrassing’ comedy or journaistic forms.

    Ms. Palin is thin-skinned and a grifter, this move might allow her to sue for nothing more than the purpose of settlement as well as having another tool to use against her critics. She may not be the sharpest tool in the drawer but her lawyer/advisor probably gets paid to be.

    “Non-commercial use of a trademark
    While non-commercial use of the trademark normally cannot be regarded as infringing, a trademark holder can still start a lawsuit of such a non-commercial use dilutes the value of his trademark. Dilution could result from use of the trademark as a generic name for a whole category of products, or by making fun of the trademarked product.”

    “Parodies using a trademark
    Trademark law may become an issue when putting up a website that is a parody of a trademarked product. For example, in 1995 Michael Dougney registered peta.org in the name of an organization named “People Eating Tasty Animals”. The animal rights society “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” (PETA®) was not amused and claimed this was trademark infringement, despite the fact that peta.org was not doing anything in commerce. It was intended as a parody of PETA’s activities. A US District Court held that this use of PETA diluted the value of the trademark and ordered it shut down.”

  • Anonymous
  • enorceht

    and once you put your money in you never get it back

  • enorceht

    will those be the ones that break on impact

  • Anonymous

    Great! now the media can’t print her name and the publicity whore will go insane
    and kill herself…it’s a win, win!

  • D.Crockett

    like I always have maintained about Sarha Palin she is a person that uses every opportunity to gain monetary wealth even using politics !

  • Anonymous

    I guess you explain why they don’t ask my opinion. I hold firmly to the belief that I am not an idiot. Do you suppose we are going to be reduced to campaigns based on bra size? It might be fun, but doesn’t auger well for competent government.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester

    LOL, Likewise and a fine fondue to you.

  • enorceht

    i have a problem sometimes trying to read words strung together without word spaces … so when i first saw your name i asked myself

    palin for pre snot ? … what is pre snot ? …. ohhh for pres not … lol (cue light bulb)

  • Taleisin

    I’ve spent a few hours thinking about your comment. No, I think your elections will be still based on the time honored traditions of greed, paranoia, prejudice, and flag waving. (Sorry, aussie humour)

    i am an outsider; there is much i do not understand, but there is other stuff that is very clear to me. Americans respect success and that is all about money. Everyone wishes they were rich and are enthralled by anyone who finds a new way to get there, even if it means doing the wrong thing. Integrity and honor have no place. And even if you get rich illegally and then don’t go to jail, that’s OK too. In fact, i’ll but your book. Would you sign it for me? (is this too heavy?)

    George II got in on dubious votes, i heard TV pundits basically say, ‘ He wants to be President more, and has played harder to win the game. He really wants it, so he should have it’. This concept fuks with my head still.

    When America went into Iraq, they wanted to be the new Roman Empire. Now you have a government full of little Caligulas and Neros and a Cleopatra. Your politics is starting to resemble the old Roman politics that didn’t get into the history books.

    What is Sarah’s bra size by the way? :-)

  • Anonymous

    I am encouraged to hear somebody thinks about what I say. I think our elections are more based on pitchmanship. Who can do a better job of writing ads? The concept of empire is not new to us. When Eisenhower committed troops to Viet Nam, he said, “if we lose viet nam, we will lose the space race.”
    I think the same ethical code you mention is what has governed our foreign policy. That is the basis of wikileaks reporting on him, and why our government wants to torture him. They want to appear to have a higher level of ethics, and wiki is giving them away.
    I think Sarah’s bra size is quite adequate and likely exceeds her IQ. Watch out Aussie, you have valuable resources we could use, and you are playing footsie with the Chinese.
    We killed thousands of Afghans to keep their resources out of the hands of the Chinese.

  • Anonymous

    2012? And….your point is? The world awaits YOUR intellectual thoughts and follow up to “HAPPY 2012″

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