January 26, 2001 11:55 AM   Subscribe

:-( Despair, INC. Secures official trademark registration for ":-(", announces plans to sue millions for trademark infringement.
posted by Hackworth (13 comments total)
Via Slashdot. I can't believe they fell for it. :)
posted by Hackworth at 11:59 AM on January 26, 2001

Brilliant! I think I am going to trademark the act of people suing people for trademark infringement and start demanding my fair share of every trademark infringement settlement. Wish me luck!
posted by ericost at 12:02 PM on January 26, 2001

posted by rodii at 12:13 PM on January 26, 2001

That'll be $1500 for a licensing fee, bucko.
posted by hijinx at 12:24 PM on January 26, 2001

posted by rodii at 12:35 PM on January 26, 2001

posted by Princess Buttercup at 12:36 PM on January 26, 2001

roddi: double the trouble by linking to the Albuquerque Journal with the ":-(".
posted by pnevares at 12:36 PM on January 26, 2001

ericost...that sounds like a great project for RTmark.
posted by th3ph17 at 12:44 PM on January 26, 2001

Their other "press releases" are equally hilarious. Try this one, for instance, which contains the priceless phrase: "It has always been his secret dream to crush his dissatisfied customers with his demoralized employees."
posted by kindall at 3:53 PM on January 26, 2001

If you've ever been in a Fry's Electronics store in California, you'll certainly enjoy this fake release as well.
posted by mathowie at 5:07 PM on January 26, 2001

"Company President John Fry wanted to purchase APATHY Demotivators™ ... He had seen the design during a visit to his local post office." Ow! Two slams in one.
posted by kindall at 5:20 PM on January 26, 2001

When I said this one I meant it to be a link. D-oh!
posted by kindall at 5:32 PM on January 26, 2001

oh yeah nearly forgot...
posted by Frieza at 1:12 PM on January 28, 2001

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