Kentucky Wildcat and probable No. 1 NBA pick Anthony Davis, well known for his singular eyebrow, recently trademarked the phrases “Fear the Brow” and “Raise the Brow.” “I don’t want anyone to try to grow a unibrow because of me and then try to make money off of it,” he told CNBC. Me and my family decided to trademark it because it’s very unique.”
1. Retired pro wrestler Diamond Dallas Page sued Jay-Z in 2005 for throwing up a hand sign called the “Diamond Cutter,” Page’s signature gesture.
2. Hershey’s took a California marijuana supplier to court when the drug dealer sold weed-laced Hershey’s product knockoffs — with names such as Keef Kat, Puff-a-Mint Pattie and Rasta’s Reeses.
3. T-Mobile believes it owns the right to the color magenta. The cellphone provider even went so far as to send a cease-and-desist letter to the tech blog Engadget when the site used the color in its logo.
4. Even “nothing” has a price. In 2002, musician Mike Batt recorded a classical album and added a silent track, a tribute to “4′33″” by the U.S. composer John Cage. Batt credited his track to himself and Cage, but this didn’t quite cut it. Cage’s publishing company, Peters Edition, sued Batt and won a six-figure sum.
5. KFC went lawsuit-crazy when, in 2007, they found that the highest pub in Britain (altitude, not customer sobriety) used the company’s slogan at the time, “Family Feast,” just once a year — on Christmas Day. Because a bucket of fried chicken is just like a traditional Christmas dinner.
India Kushner is a recent graduate of Goucher College.
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