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Trademarking a phrase?

Matt Yglesias calls attention to the story about a basketball player who has "trademarked" his eyebrows that are connected, leaving no empty spot above his nose link here.

Actually he seems to have trademarked the use of "unibrow" in several catch phrases. Davis told CNBC that he trademarked the phrases "Fear The Brow" and "Raise The Brow" earlier this month. "I don't want anyone to try to grow a unibrow because of me and I'll say it: Fear the brow!"

Matt adds, "Of course having a unibrow is not, in fact, unique; it's just somewhat unusual. Meanwhile, it turns out that five games into his remarkable run last season, the D.C. law firm Arent Fox swooped in to help Jeremy Lin trademark the phrase Linsanity. "

How can we top this nonsense? I am guessing it will happen soon.


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When will people EVER learn to do basic fact checking?

Regardless of what Anthony Davis claims, he has NOT, I repeat, NOT, trademarked the phrases "Fear the Brow" and "Raise the Brow." What he has done is applied for trademark registration for both phrases. One of the three applications has already received an office action.


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