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CrypticPurpose



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:52 am Reply with quote
Trademarking 'ahegao' is like trademarking a smile or a fart. It's way, way, way too generalized to warrant a trademark. Just because it isn't in English shouldn't be enough to come that.
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RenimLS



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:56 am Reply with quote
The only thing I can think of was this was approved without any research on the word, especially given this part from the Trademark Electronic Search System.

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Translations: The wording "Ahegao" has no meaning in a foreign language.
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Joe Mello



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:06 pm Reply with quote
There are few headlines as 2020 as this one.
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Weird Guy



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:59 pm Reply with quote
lmao... this reminds me Disney attempt to trademark "Hakuna Matata"
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Kougeru



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:22 pm Reply with quote
This trademark needs to be revoked. As mentioned, this would be like trademarking "smile" or "frown". Dumb.
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TexZero



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:59 pm Reply with quote
Ignoring how dumb this is...

Fakku getting Fakku'd in 2020 is the single most hilarious thing so far.
Couldn't have happened to a better set of industry "pros".
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Heart of the Foreign God



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:28 pm Reply with quote
Weird Guy wrote:
lmao... this reminds me Disney attempt to trademark "Hakuna Matata"


This reminds me of Disney attempting to trademark the Dia de los muertos
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hikura



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:03 pm Reply with quote
TexZero wrote:
Ignoring how dumb this is...

Fakku getting Fakku'd in 2020 is the single most hilarious thing so far.
Couldn't have happened to a better set of industry "pros".

Just because you dislike a company and product they are offering doesn't mean they are any less of a "pro" then people say from viz or dark horse.
My opinion about them trying to copyright that word might not work.But i am no lawyer and do not specialize in copyright rules and laws.
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Hiroki not Takuya



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:14 pm Reply with quote
Kougeru wrote:
This trademark needs to be revoked. As mentioned, this would be like trademarking "smile" or "frown". Dumb.
You are correct, but without legal action to force the PTO to follow it's own rules, it likely won't. Unfortunately, the PTO these days will give a TM (or patent) to about anybody who knows how to pay the "right people" and the Chinese know how and have the money...
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Kadmos1



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:03 am Reply with quote
Weird Guy wrote:
lmao... this reminds me Disney attempt to trademark "Hakuna Matata"

Or how both Marvel and D.C. each have trademarks for "super hero" and similar.
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Tripple-A



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:12 am Reply with quote
How the fudge can somebody trademark a random word?!
CrypticPurpose wrote:
Trademarking 'ahegao' is like trademarking a smile or a fart. It's way, way, way too generalized to warrant a trademark. Just because it isn't in English shouldn't be enough to come that.
THIS ↑
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Stampeed Valkyrie



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:53 am Reply with quote
hikura wrote:
TexZero wrote:
Ignoring how dumb this is...

Fakku getting Fakku'd in 2020 is the single most hilarious thing so far.
Couldn't have happened to a better set of industry "pros".

Just because you dislike a company and product they are offering doesn't mean they are any less of a "pro" then people say from viz or dark horse.
My opinion about them trying to copyright that word might not work.But i am no lawyer and do not specialize in copyright rules and laws.



I think TexZero hit it right on the head. The elephant in the room is what Fakku was doing with IPs before going "legit". And when you stop and think about it.. YES Fakku getting Fakku'd is pretty funny.
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TexZero



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:04 pm Reply with quote
hikura wrote:
TexZero wrote:
Ignoring how dumb this is...

Fakku getting Fakku'd in 2020 is the single most hilarious thing so far.
Couldn't have happened to a better set of industry "pros".

Just because you dislike a company and product they are offering doesn't mean they are any less of a "pro" then people say from viz or dark horse.
My opinion about them trying to copyright that word might not work.But i am no lawyer and do not specialize in copyright rules and laws.


Perhaps it's the nature of the internet or perhaps you misunderstood the use of quotes around "Pros".

This isn't Fakku's first run in with being dealing with trolls or being them. Before being a basically forced into becoming a legitimately run, non-piracy entity they did very unscrupulous things not to disimilar to whats going on now.

So the almost karmic irony here is not lost on me and thus it couldn't have happened to a better set of industry "Pros". Emphasis is on them not being professional about how they handle their own laundry.
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walw6pK4Alo



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:02 pm Reply with quote
Don't care for Fakku, but this is trying to copyright the phrase "orgasm face". It's a biological process, not something you can own. Saying it's untranslatable is misguided, just like saying anime or manga have foreign connotation or denotation. Or more like German load words that describe more complex concepts like zeitgeist or gestalt.
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Minos_Kurumada



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:15 pm Reply with quote
Heart of the Foreign God wrote:
Weird Guy wrote:
lmao... this reminds me Disney attempt to trademark "Hakuna Matata"


This reminds me of Disney attempting to trademark the Dia de los muertos


This reminds me of Sony attempting to trademark "Let's play".
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