"Octomom" seeks trademark

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Apr 16 14:22:06 UTC 2009

>From The Smoking Gun...

APRIL 15--The California woman who gave birth in January to eight
babies has filed an application to trademark the word "Octomom," which
she wants to slap on disposable diapers and assorted clothing items.
Nadya Suleman, who has shown a knack for cashing in on her post-natal
predicament, last Friday filed two applications with the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office in a bid to commercially exploit her
tabloid-bestowed nickname. In her April 10 USPTO filings, the
33-year-old mother of 14 identifies herself as "Nadya Suleman, AKA
Octomom," and notes that she wants to use the "Octomom" handle on
products such as dresses, pants, shirts, and disposable and textile
diapers. Suleman also wants to secure a trademark to use "Octomom" in
connection with TV variety programming.

Excerpts from the USPTO application are available on TSG.

--Ben Zimmer

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