Rocking Jazz Guitar Pick Designing Today

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Creating new designs today yielded these stunning guitar picks among others not shown here.

- cricketdiane

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The design above with the blood red elements happened in the design when I took the one before it shown here and replaced each element with the American flag blowing in the breeze photo I had taken that was in my image library on Zazzle. Very interesting. Love the design.

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You Want People to Keep Your Business Card? Make It Memorable and Worth Getting at Holiday Parties

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You want people to keep your business card? Show it off to others? Have their kids and friends want to see it and what it is when they see that business card laying on a table or counter or peeking out from a wallet? Would you love it if that business card was visible and interesting, attention-getting from all the way across the room at a holiday party, a convention, a cocktail party or charity fund-raiser? Well, then it can’t be soft, quiet and sophisticated with tiny grey no caps lettering that nobody can read and always ends up lost in the shuffle looking like damn near everything else. Imagine going to a holiday party and giving these to someone – even one person. Tell me, wouldn’t anyone who sees that across the room want one from you and try to work their way around the room to meet you, talk with you, ask what you do and what kind of business you are in, and want one of those business cards to take with them. Do you honestly think they wouldn’t show it off once they got home or back from the convention or to the office as if it is something preciously coveted? Really? Do you think they could lose it in a desk drawer looking like this? Seriously?

Maybe these would not be the business cards to give out at the store by the thousands – but who knows, that might work too. I’m sure they would be very nifty for working a party, a convention, a business group luncheon / cocktail party or somewhere that a charity function is happening. Either the participants will want to hide them because the cards are so loud and gaudy (or) once they realize its a party and everybody is sneaking over to make an introduction with you – they’ll be showing it off as proof they know you and that they were there.

Amazing what a little change of thought could do for a marketing tool when the small business owner doesn’t have to buy thousands all at the same time and be stuck into whatever those look like for use in every occasion. With the holidays coming, these could be perfect. And, I’ve been thinking about it – if a business owner wanted one of these designs only for their use and not allow it to be sold to others once that business is using it – would I do that? And it seems like that might be a good idea. Another perfect place to use the blog entry I made yesterday about small business brand building using these online product print on demand platforms, where you can scan your logo with a white background and place it transparently over the card as I or other store owners have designed them – just like these sparkly, glittery pink ones. Very nifty. After all, if it brings one new customer your business can serve, these cards have nearly paid for themselves.

- cricketdiane

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Look at the big brands – they aren’t quiet and covered with tiny little letters hardly legible and “sophisticated” looking. Their colors are bright, bold and dynamic with clear logos, strong lettering and easily recognizable from every last spot in the room wherever they are and whatever they are on. That’s what these designs can do. And every party can be a different version if you want. Anything that works.

The upcoming holidays are a perfect time to introduce them from PTA meetings to car washes when school has started to family reunions and Christmas parties. At the very least, these are nice keepable designs for your business to enjoy a longer life than getting lost in a pile or a desk drawer or a pocket removal spot on the bureau at home until they’re finally thrown away unused and unusable. I wouldn’t do that if I managed to get my hands on one of these from someone, I’d show it off to my friends, my kids and keep it to come check out that business later. It would be easy to remember when I got it and how I came by it, the person who gave it to me and what they said about their business services or store or restaurant. That’s what a business card is supposed to do after all, not to be thrown aside in a pile with every other scrap of paper somewhere.

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Add a little positive drama to your life!

- cricketdiane

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The Simplest, Cheapest, Most Effective Way to Build Your Small Business Brand –

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Information from an article I wrote today to share with small business owners throughout the 5 boroughs in NYC and hopefully help in some ways -

The Simplest, Cheapest, Most Effective Way to Build Your Small Business Brand -

It is harder for a small business, store, restaurant, bar or service to build its brand in the community than for larger businesses for no other reason than budget differences. Since the advent of print on demand platforms available today, building a small business brand using small budgets, or by small stages is possible for nearly every business type.
“As I was making products on my Zazzle store using my artwork, I thought one day to make several thousand products using only specialty solid colors and simple patterns, stripes and sparkling glitter surfaces,” said Diane C Phillips, owner of the CricketDiane store on Zazzle.
“When anyone needs to make a customized design to build a brand or anything else using a solid color, they can use these or any of other store owner’s offerings for it,” she said. This allows a series of products to be made with a small business’ logo but one at a time as the budget allows in order to build their brand economically and effectively.”
There is a fairly quick and easy method for using Zazzle and other online print on demand platforms such as CafePress to create these small business brand building items from cellphone cases with the store logo and slogan on them to ipad cases to business cards and cloth shopping bags, tshirts and a multitude of other items.
These are the five steps needed to produce a designer logo branded item using the Zazzle platform –
1. Using a clean logo for your business, with an entirely white background around it, scan the logo into your computer at the highest possible resolution size available on your printer. (This resolution size option is one of the things found when the scanner window pops up on your computer before pushing the scan icon button.)
2. Go to the Zazzle platform and choose the products with a solid color background, pattern or sparkle making sure to pick the item you would like to see with your logo, such as an ipad mini case, cellphone case or shopping bag. The Custom Palette Store and in a specific section, the CricketDiane Store on Zazzle have them, but there are two other options also. One is to put the color name into the search engine although not everyone is using the same words for it, or to use the Zazzle editor to choose a background color under the last word in the list, “background”. The advanced feature at the bottom of the colors group allows you to pick a more specific color, but write down the color code in the small window or you may never find it again when you want to make more logo / brand items for your business.
3. Using a product on Zazzle which already is designed with your color choice on it in plain color, pattern, stripe or sparkle – click on the hover-over below the main picture of the product where it says “Customize”. The window will open into the editor allowing you to click “Add Images” where you can upload your logo from your computer. It helps to size your logo from the file scanned by your printer using any image viewer that allows it to be made a bit bigger, but make sure when you zoom into it, the color areas are clean and not pixelated (which means trashy looking.) After uploading the logo using Zazzle’s Add Image Window, it is available to place on the product item over the background any seller offers, including those with solid color, nifty patterns, sparkly, templates or any others already shown on the product. On the editor under where it says, Add Images and Add Text, there is a small gear looking icon. When you click on that, it allows a check mark to make any white background transparent provided your logo in the images list is “highlighted” – meaning to highlight your logo file in the list, then click the gear icon and check where it says make white background transparent. Then, the logo should immediately appear free of its own white background and show the color or pattern behind it. A slogan can be added, phone number or name of the person who will be carrying your business branded item around, or whatever you’d like using the Add Text Button. The font can be changed using the little “f” icon near where the gear icon is and the color box there allows a change in the color, the size field for the letters is changeable there too.
4. Once you have a design that you like with its logo and whatever else it will say, you can save it, or post it for sale or in a shopping cart to buy later, or put it on your own Zazzle store to offer to your customers online, or email it to yourself or buy one to 500 copies of it just like that right that moment. These online print on demand platforms commonly offer volume discounts when items are purchased at the same time, but they often have sales on product types as well which is a good opportunity to try one and see how it works for the least amount of money invested. There are dry erase boards that can show your brand in your store or church or gym or wherever else it is seen, posters of course and many interesting options. One can be bought at a time until an array of brand building marketing tools are in your hands to bring your business’ brand to life, or a special set can be built for a specific spectacular promotion or campaign. A group of logo oriented items showcasing your business can be made to take with you to an event, conference, class, town meeting, picnic, convention, local chamber happening, or when being interviewed by press or magazine or girl scouts or ball team or whatever will work. It can build your brand while doing little beyond having your cellphone or ipad in your hand with your business’ logo and slogan on it, or your managers run about the community using them.
5. If you decide that this works in a positive way for your business, build more pieces in your brand marketing arsenal by simply going back to Zazzle, CafePress or other online print on demand platforms and using the same background color code or through the same seller’s products, and make more as your business is ready for them. At the bottom of the page on Zazzle as well as on other print on demand platforms, there is a group of other products you might like as well which often show more products by that and other sellers having the same or similar color or patterned background. This allows an expanded group of products that can have your logo shown off beautifully and seen by potential customers wherever you go or wherever you place them. Note that it is easiest to write down the background color code you chose originally, and the font name you chose, or the name of the seller, and the name of the product title you chose in the first place in order to come back and use it again. However, on Zazzle invoices (and probably other platforms too), the name of the item is used or the item number can lead back to where you originally found it for another effort.
This process allows a small expenditure at a time to create a huge visual impact for branding in a method that is staggered rather than having to wipe out thousands of dollars at a time to get a few buttons or posters made. Any small business needing more extensive brand recognition across the community can use the new online print on demand products styled platforms to reach that audience with much smaller investments at a time.
“As much as I would love everyone to enjoy my artwork, the fact is that the more small businesses are able to build their brands in the community, the better off everyone is,” said Diane. “If you build your brand this way, it can be done in the simplest, cheapest way possible while having a big impact. Then hopefully, some of those profits will continue to support art and artists and what creatives like me can do for the community.”

CricketDiane, Diane C Phillips is a hybrid New Yorker living in Staten Island now with a propensity to create, develop, build, generate solutions, invent and do art as part of her business including her online presence at Zazzle, WordPress, Pinterest, Twitter, Polyvore, (soon to be Etsy), YouTube and other online platforms.
CricketDiane Store on Zazzle –
http://www.zazzle.com/cricketdiane*

The section of the CricketDiane store with color only backgrounds (sections with sparkly glitter backgrounds are scattered throughout the pink and purple sections among others) -

http://www.zazzle.com/cricketdiane/gifts?cg=196960838491456085
Custom Design Palette with color backgrounds, patterns, stripes, polka dots, sparkly glitter –
http://www.zazzle.com/customdesignpalette*

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Lately, making canvas art prints from my paintings on zazzle store

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A few days ago, durn Zazzle had a sale on canvas art at like 65% off – which meant I could probably have bought one of mine to see how they look. But, no. When I did a search for canvas art with my designs, paintings and artwork on them, it became obvious that I had been putting the designs on just about everything else from coffee mugs to tshirts and cellphone cases – even made posters, but very little of it was set up for canvas art prints. Because of that, I’ve spent the last few days starting to take the ocean paintings and other novel designs, artworks, paintings and things designed specifically on Zazzle as I went along – and put them onto canvas prints for my store.

Needless to say, in the meantime I’ve thought there really could be a better catalog of what each artwork is there on the store, but it would take forever. So, for now – making the canvas art and trying some new products Zazzle is offering like guitar picks, hair ties and pingpong paddles has my attention.

- cricketdiane

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Garbage In – Garbage Out Theory of Time and Resourcefulness / Resourceful Thinking

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To have creative resourceful thinking – what is put into the mind is more important than a multitude of other things. Today, needing solutions, I could have spent watching tv, going somewhere, doing something else, driving, or talking mundane shit with friends. Those may have helped buy some time toward a solution, but for me – at least some of the time spent wandering across the vast news of the world in the last twenty-four hours also yielded good things for my mind to consider in its realm of possibilities and options. That created more resourcefulness and resourceful thinking for me than simply playing solitaire or other computer games and other things of the above list, including watching cable tv.

Seeing that if I put garbage into the system, the only thing I end up with is garbage out – these were a better choice for me -

Topics in Chronicling America – Nikola Tesla

http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/topics/tesla.html?loclr=twtea

And this one -

Tell us your bright idea for the IET and we’ll keep you posted as your suggestion progresses.

After months of testing, we’ve launched an online platform called MyIdea to capture ideas from our members

 http://www.theiet.org/membership/member-news/35a/my-idea.cfm

(that is IET – Institute of Engineering and Technology above)

And these I found yesterday through my twitter feed and started assimilating the information from them to apply to my skills of thinking and resourcefulness -

How Top Style Bloggers Are Earning $1 Million A Year (from Fast Company) -

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3032096/how-top-style-bloggers-are-earning-1-million-a-year

100 Ways to Build Your Business Online (from Forbes) -

http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnrampton/2014/07/09/100-ways-to-build-your-business-online/?utm_campaign=techtwittersf&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

On one of my YouTube Playlists, I have these two which are filling my mind again today – they are amazing -

China-top 3d Projection Mapping,3d outdoor stereographic projection,4d transform projection! -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgV2Sllft6Q&feature=share&list=PLC69156CFBF8484EF&index=10

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3D Projection Mapping promoting The Tourist in Dallas -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSR0Xady02o&list=PLC69156CFBF8484EF&feature=share&index=9

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So, as the old saying from engineering, computer tech and technology says – Garbage In, Garbage Out – which reminds me that it is up to me what I put in my brain to have on the menu to use. How will I apply these and other things to my unique situation and needs in my life today? Hmmm.

I guess I’ll go invent something.

- cricketdiane

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50 Ways to Say it in Pink that I Designed on Zazzle products – very nifty

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Pink and Only Pink Designer Gifts I’ve made on Zazzle -

http://www.zazzle.com/cricketdiane/gifts?cg=196172735631445087

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Pi followed by a period Trademark articles missed the point

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When Paul Ingrisano trademarked the mathematical symbol π (pi) with a period and then had his lawyer send cease and desist letters, there were a lot of immediate responses by news articles, blogs and comments from the public about it. About a week ago, when the online print on demand publisher, Zazzle (and possibly CafePress as well) decided to pull down products independently designed with the pi symbol, they were responding to this letter sent by Ingrisano’s attorney, Ronald Millet -

 

Zazzle Pi Trademark Letter

http://www.scribd.com/doc/227367808/Zazzle-Pi-Trademark-Letter

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“Ingrisano’s federal registration of this trademark provides him with certain proprietary rights. This includes the right to restrict the use of the trademark, or a confusingly similar trademark, in association with confusingly similar products or services. The Lanham Act (the U.S. Trademark Act) also provides numerous remedies for trademark infringement and dilution, including, but not limited to, preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, money, damages, a defendant’s profits, provisions for the destruction or confiscation of infringing products and promotional materials, and where intentional infringement is shown (as would be the case here), attorneys’ fees and possible treble money damages.”

It goes on to say, not only that all pi related products must be pulled down but that an independent audit must be made and all accounting of any and all profits made from the sale of any and all pi design products, including those pre-dating Ingrisano’s claim along with the dates of each product being placed online containing the symbol or reference to pi. (paraphrased, see the actual letter above, or in this Wired article found here - http://www.wired.com/2014/05/pi-takedown/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=this-guy-trademarked-the-symbol-for-pi-and-took-away-our-geeky-t-shirts)

In 2006, there was a case brought in Florida Federal court against 52 defendants using the words, sweet pea in their design by a person who had been issued a trademark with a simple script of the words, sweet pea followed by a period. Because there had been no letters sent demanding to “cease and desist” before making the court filing, the case was dismissed. The intention in that case was for each of the defendants to pay a $5,000 fee to the new owner of the trademark for the words, sweet pea followed by a period and the generic quality of that trademark is very similar to the one for pi followed by a period, in fact.

Here is the page describing the logos of the sweet peas that were taken to court and on the right side of the page is the logo trademark in question whose owner took them to court intending to take all profits made from sales plus damages – or a $5,000 settlement fee toward their possible obligation to the new trademark holder plus whatever else the court may have awarded if it had gone forward -

http://sourpeas.org/page3/page3.html

In January of 2006, attorney Alexander E. Barthet of Miami, Florida on behalf of his clothing company client Sweet Pea Limited, Inc. went to Federal District Court in Florida and filed a complaint claiming that 52 companies or individuals located throughout the United States were violating their trademark.

The clothing company’s lawsuit contends that using the commonly used words “Sweet Pea” in any form — not just their stylized version — on any article of clothing is in violation of their trademark rights and therefore they are entitled to millions of dollars in damages. Most of the defendants are creating original designs using the words “Sweet Pea” graphically on T-shirts and children’s clothing.

Notably missing from the list are any large defendants. All the companies being sued are one-person businesses. (etc.)

(found here - http://sourpeas.org/page7/page7.html)

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Going back to the pi with a period trademarked by Ingrisano – his and his attorney’s intention is clearly stated in the letter they sent to Zazzle demanding them to account for every design sold with the pi used in the design, to account for any and all profits that may have resulted from those designs, to submit to (and ultimately pay for) an independent audit of those sales and profits, AND to be prepared to remit any and all of those profits to Ingrisano and his attorney along with possibly treble damages for having allowed the use of these designs, despite many of them having no relational meaning to his trademarked design.

That is the point. People are angry about this because it demands money and damages to be given to Ingrisano that he neither earned nor had any right to acquire. And, he and his attorney are using a trademark law intended for the protection of genuine, distinctive and original intellectual properties used as trademarks, in order to do it unfairly and without cause. They are claiming a loss of revenues and a dilution of his trademark, when in fact, that trademark is not an original, distinctive nor unique mark and neither is it in use in a manner that is distinctive, original, novel or unique. That is the problem. That goes to the heart of the real issue here.

It is easy enough to drop the subject now that Zazzle has re-instated independent designers’ and artists’ copyrighted designs to their online market platform, but the case isn’t actually over because inherent in the demands shown in the letter sent by Ingrisano’s attorney, Ronald Millet are the terms they had intended, and likely will continue to pursue against any and all uses of pi that they perceive may have profited. This is partly evidenced by another trademark filed by Ingrisano claiming the symbol I<3 which is commonly used around the internet and already found on a variety of products including apparel, tshirts, sportswear, sweatshirts and other things he has listed for it in the trademark application.

http://trademarks.justia.com/854/81/i-3-85481027.html

The pi symbol followed by a period trademark reference can be found here (as well as at the US Trademark database) -

http://trademarks.justia.com/857/85/pi-85785006.html

People are angry about the symbol pi with a dot trademark because Ingrisano and his attorney, Millet are working to steal profits from small and micro business owners, independent artists and designers, as well as from online print on demand companies which they did not work for, did not create, did not work to get and did not have any right to take.

The process seems to be -

  • Trademark the most generic, commonly used symbol or group of words.
  • Set precedent by forcing all current and previous users of that symbol or group of words to “cease and desist” using them along with accounting for all uses and profits from all uses in order to remit them to the new trademark holder
  • Take all previously made profits from sales and which resulted from promotions based upon that symbol or group of words, including those pre-dating the holders registration.
  • Require an independent auditor to be given access to all internal and electronic sales data concerning those which ever held or currently held that symbol, and similar symbol, or that group of words and any similar group of words which could be confused to be that group of words.
  • File court orders and cases to take all profits from any and all sales of any and all products which contained any part of that symbol, any with that symbol, any part of that trademark symbol group and any use of those words both in that group combination plus anything similar.
  • Demand that the court award treble damages and attorneys’ fees, court costs, independent auditing costs, plus all sales amounts and profits made from those sales of products containing anything similar to that trademark even if that trademark doesn’t apply in that context.

At the time when Ingrisano filed the trademark on November 21, 2012, a trademark for pi had already been issued very recently to a cigar company for the symbol pi. That trademark was issued on October 9, 2012.

From the USPTO database -

http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=85099235&caseType=SERIAL_NO&searchType=statusSearch

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To have many of the articles about this in one place, here is a list of blogs, news articles and more information links about the pi followed by a dot trademark, its influence and demands on Zazzle (and possibly CafePress) along with basic information about trademark laws affecting it -

http://jezkemp.blogspot.com/2014/05/some-loser-has-tried-to-trademark.html

This article describes the originality and distinctiveness requirement of international trademark law -

http://www.internationallawoffice.com/newsletters/detail.aspx?g=55169be9-7969-4540-9e40-6e908d776c00

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The 273 comments on this Canadian article are interesting -

http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2014/06/artist-trademarks-pi-symbol-enrages-the-web.html

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The costs, fees and registration schedule from the USPTO for patents, copyrights and trademarks – the trademark registration fees are well down the page -

http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/qs/ope/fee010114.htm

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The Lanham Act (from wikipedia) – The US Trademark Law -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_trademark_law

A trademark is a word, phrase, or logo that identifies the source of goods or services. Trademark law protects a business’ commercial identity or brand by discouraging other businesses from adopting a name or logo that is “confusingly similar” to an existing trademark. The goal is to allow consumers to easily identify the producers of goods and services and avoid confusion.

U.S. Trademark Law is mainly governed by the Lanham Act. “Common Law” trademark rights are acquired automatically when a business uses a name or logo in commerce, and are enforceable in state courts. Marks registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are given a higher degree of protection in federal courts than unregistered marks – both registered and unregistered trademarks are granted some degree of federal protection under the Lanham Act 43(a).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanham_Act

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About the treble damages component of the Lanham Act that Ingrisano and his attorney, Ronald Millet are attempting to claim against Zazzle, CafePress and all other users of the pi symbol in any design -

http://www.bitlaw.com/source/15usc/1117.html

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This article has a number of interesting points on it as well -

http://everythingtrademarks.com/2014/06/01/pi-is-irrational-so-is-this-trademark-dispute/

It is interesting (though not surprising) that there is little, if any, actual use of his registered Pi mark given that it issued earlier this year (January 2014). A review of the prosecution history for Paul Ingrisano’s trademark application raises questions.

One question designers raised was how could someone own a trademark to a generic mathematical symbol … or, more often than not, they put it in the affirmative: the pi symbol cannot be a trademark.

The notion that the pi symbol (or any universal symbol) cannot be a trademark is wrong. It can be (even on its own without other word or design elements). The U.S. Trademark Office (USPTO) devotes an entire section of its manual for examining procedure to “Universal Symbols in Marks.” See TMEP Section 1202.17 et al.

This excerpt from the article link above it goes on to describe some common symbols used as trademarks having been issued those registrations at some point.

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Apparently the artist and his supporters in Brooklyn simply do not get why people are angry that Ingrisano and his attorney attempted to monopolize all uses of the symbol pi in any design, to steal all profits made from any sales of any design with pi on it and to receive treble damages for those uses on top of that.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/death-threats-brooklyn-entrepreneur-pi-math-symbol-article-1.1820289

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A lot of valid points were made in the comments section of this cnet article about pi and trademarking common symbols -

http://www.cnet.com/news/artist-trademarks-pi-geeks-despair/

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Concerning the distinctiveness, originality and novelty of trademark symbols – as required in international law -

http://www.internationallawoffice.com/newsletters/detail.aspx?g=55169be9-7969-4540-9e40-6e908d776c00

Which marks may be registered?

Under Argentine law, a mark can be registered as long as it has “distinctive capacity”. This concept has two components:

  • the intrinsic capacity to identify, which refers to the sign’s ability to identify when considered in itself (originality); and
  • the extrinsic capacity to identify, understood as the sign’s distinguishability from other existing signs (novelty).

Certain signs lack originality, including the following.

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Math Symbol Pi Taken Hostage by Brooklyn Company

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How the US patent office decided to issue a trademark for the math symbol pi is beyond me, but they did. This page lists the registration which was filed in 2012 and issued in January of this year -

http://www.trademarkia.com/pi-85785006.html

Of course, the reason I know this is that the company who claims ownership of pi contacted the online publisher, Zazzle which hosts my designs and other artist’s designs demanding that all uses of the symbol pi be removed for infringing on their trademark – and Zazzle did just that. However, as disgusting as that is – it also means that any and all uses of the math symbol pi in the public domain are also infringements on their trademark including uses in public talks, written on a chalkboard in any classroom or webcast, put on any coffee mug or tshirt, used by any sorority or fraternity and in fact, where pi is used in any and all equations.

The law about what can be trademarked and that it must be distinctive and original would have never intended that pi be given a trademark registration. It is not copyrightable – and these designs using pi as part of the design by both me and other artists on Zazzle are but one tiny part of where this company can go with their demands to have full ownership of the symbol pi. And, this proves that they will.

Anyone who wants to trademark the plus symbol ought to go ahead and do that too – then we can pay that company to use pi and then pay someone else to do the addition in the problem as well anytime we need to create an equation or write about it or design anything that includes it.

As if it isn’t hard enough to do business in America anyway, I would at least expect our govt offices to protect things that by common sense are in the public domain.

- cricketdiane

The blog below has another designer discussing the Zazzle company removing their designs today with the pi symbol on them for the same reason that my designs were taken out of the marketplace where pi was included in the design – and it has a number of comments from other artists and designers who were assaulted this way today by this Brooklyn company who claims ownership of the symbol pi in all its iterations and for any use -

http://jezkemp.blogspot.com/2014/05/some-loser-has-tried-to-trademark.html

I believe that aside from registering a complaint at the US patent and trademark office, anyone who is taking this as absurd and wrong as I believe it is – needs to get a message to any and all sororities and fraternities whose name includes pi – before they are sued for using it on a tshirt or sweatshirt by this company. And, contact every math and science organization who may need to use pi in equations, in talks, in textbooks and in webcasts before they too, are being demanded to remove their work from the public because it includes the pi symbol in it too.

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