Property, intangible

a blog about ownership of intellectual property rights and its licensing

Shades of Spam Arrest

Here’s an interesting story on the derivation of the word “tabloid” for a newspaper. It’s a trademark registered in the United Kingdom in 1884 for compressed medicines, a portmanteau of “tablet” and “ovoid.”

The use of the mark was later expanded to tea,

first aid kits,

snake bite kits,

photographic chemicals,

and other goods. Burroughs Wellcome fought a battle with newspaper publishers over their use of the word, one we now know it ultimately lost.

© 2009 Pamela Chestek

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