• “Lizzie Borden B&B wins trademark patent”

    by  • August 24, 2009 • trademark

    Yes, that’s the unfortunate headline of the article in the The Herald News, “News of the Southcoast.” The Fall River, Massachusetts “Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast/Museum” sued the Salem, Massachusetts “True Story of Lizzie Borden Gift Shop and Museum” and they settled (previously blogged here and here). The Fall River business now has a federal trademark “patent,” um, registration, for promotional goods. The Salem business is now called “The 40 Whacks Museum.”
    Bonus feature, an article about an author who wrote a self-published book exonerating Lizzie, after Lizzie’s sister Emma confessed to her in a dream.

    © 2009 Pamela Chestek