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Re: [ee4j-pmc] Design Contest: Replacement for Duke Mascot

On 2018-05-10 12:37 PM, Markus KARG wrote:
A mascot is not a logo. It is much more
abstract design concept. For example, if we vote for "The mascot is the
animal: 'turtle'" then ANY incarnation of a "turtle" (a living turtle, a pen
draft, a 2D logo, a 3D logo, a lego-build turtle, a turle-shaped fancy
dress, a plush toy, etc.) would be all possible representations of our
mascot (fully intended, btw). Hence, there cannot be anything like
"trademark registration" nor "design rules" as both are IMHO only applicable
to specific *representations* but not *abstract design concepts*.

I double-checked, and confirmed that Duke is, in fact, a registered trademark. So at least Sun Microsystems thought that mascots could be trademarked :)

Here is the trademark record from the USPTO database.

Goods and Services    IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: printed materials and publications, namely, user manuals, books, brochures, data sheets, white papers, catalogs and pamphlets in the fields of computer and information technology. FIRST USE: 19960400. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19960400
Mark Drawing Code    (2) DESIGN ONLY
Design Search Code    02.01.33 - Grotesque men formed by letters, numbers, punctuation or geometric shapes; Stick figures
04.07.03 - Geometric figures or combinations of geometric figures representing a person; Geometric figures representing a person; Geometric shapes forming a person; Person formed by geometric shapes
Serial Number    75274586
Filing Date    April 14, 1997
Current Basis    1A
Original Filing Basis    1A
Published for Opposition    November 11, 1997
Registration Number    2134599
Registration Date    February 3, 1998
Owner    (REGISTRANT) Sun Microsystems, Inc. CORPORATION DELAWARE 4150 Network Circle Santa Clara CALIFORNIA 95054

Assignment Recorded    ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record    Andrew Roppel
Type of Mark    TRADEMARK
Register    PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text    SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20090626.
Renewal    1ST RENEWAL 20090626
Live/Dead Indicator    LIVE

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