Havertown’s Tom Kelly thought he had all of his bases covered. The former General Manager of WHAT 1340-AM in Philadelphia had taken his Rat Pack-laced “Martini Lounge Radio” show from the airwaves to internet radio in 2008 and applied for a trademark for the name. In 2009, the United States Patent & Trademark Office granted it, giving him ownership of the mark throughout the United States. But now four years later, it looks like AOL might take it all away. Read more »
On October 11th, a new bar opened in the East Village section of Des Moines, Iowa. The name of the bar is Up-Down, and the concept is simple: booze and arcade games. So, the bar referred to itself as a “barcade”. But that seems to have gotten them in trouble with Barcade, the bar-arcade concept 1,000 miles away in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Brooklyn. Read more »
Mike Campo who owns Campo’s cheesesteak shop on Market Street in Old City as well as satellite locations at the Wells Fargo Center, Citizens Bank Park and the Liacouras Center filed a claim with the US Patent & Trademark Office, looking to trademark the phrase “Philadelphia’s Cheesesteak.”
The feds turned him down, saying the mark was “likely to cause confusion” and was “geographically descriptive” of the sandwich.
Campo’s lawyer disagreed,”It will help them franchise.” If we want to be the sterling benchmark for the Philadelphia cheesesteak, we need that mark.”
Deli sues feds for refusing to trademark its ‘Philadelphia’s Cheesesteak’ [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Campo’s Deli [Official Site]