Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin’s Boss’ Intellectual Property

Those of us who make our living by creating things and ideas know the importance of protecting our intellectual property. I have a patent. I own copyrights. I own trademarks and service marks. Indeed, if you click on The Fine Print above, you’ll find copyright and trademark notices about this site and its contents.

Jeffrey R. Cohen‘s law practice deals primarily with intellectual property. He has filed more than 300 trademark applications with the Patent and Trademark Office, some for clients and some for himself. Yes, he owns trademarks himself. Here’s one that he filed and later abandoned:

I can understand why he abandoned this one. There probably wasn’t much of a market for Plumber’s Butt work pants. (Mrs. Hoge is laughing while I type this.)

I admire the creativity behind this trademark, but I don’t think much of the judgment behind it. It may not be Mr. Cohen’s only lapse of judgment.

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