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Monday, 8 December 2003

DO TRADE MARKS GET UP YOUR NOSE?

Regular readers of the IPKat will appreciate a good joke, particularly if it has relevance to intellectual property. Ilanah, who constitutes half of the IPKat, thought the following joke so good that we both decided to tell our friends and see who could reach a larger audience. Ilanah is winning, since she has more friends than I do, but, since I can rely on all my friends to read the IPKat blog, I thought I’d post it here.

The joke goes like this: “Question: what’s the difference between spinach and snot? Answer: you can eat snot but you can't eat spinach”. In point of fact, despite their negative connotations, both snot and spinach are represented on the UK Trade Marks Register. The SPINACH word and device mark is registered for marketing and research consultancy services in Class 35, while snot is a key ingredient of the SNOTBLASTER word mark, registered for products in Class 3.

The IPKat, who eats neither snot nor spinach, wonders whether his masters will come up with a more tasteful joke next time.

Recipes for spinach here, here and here
“I Yam What I Yam” says one famous spinach eater
Fake your own snot here and here
The fruit of the nose here

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