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Spam a little lovelier?

Originally posted 2007-04-19 11:04:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

ClickZ reports:

Spamhaus Chief Information Officer Richard Cox … [informed] me that Hormel, makers of SPAM (the tinned meat product), recently (and graciously) allowed Spamhaus to trademark their name. That’s quite a breakthrough for the spam-fighting non-profit, and certainly a first for Hormel. The company awoke one day and found itself the owner of a household name — for all the wrong reasons.

asterix-and-the-vikings-4Graciously? Or had they just had enough of the kind of nonsense and expense they’ve put SpamArrest through for no good reason? There’s been no resolution of the SpamArrest case, though Mike Atkins has a great rundown of the oral argument before the TTAB in February. Worst violation of the smell test is this exchange:

On likelihood of confusion, Judge Seeherman asked: Don’t we have two different meanings for the marks?

Hormel: Not really. The brand SPAM when used on all things still carries a meaning quite apart from canned meat. There’s an iconic statement about it. I don’t want to limit the meaning to canned meat.

Judge Seeherman: When the defendant uses SPAM for a product that filters unwanted email?

Hormel: That’s intended meaning. But if someone sees SPAM ARREST, the likelihood is that people will think there is some sponsorship or affiliation with Hormel.

Sure. Hormel. Top of our minds, every stinking day of our lives, each time someone tries to sell us Cialis or refinancing via email and McAffee labels it “spam.” Right — we assume it came from the tinned meat company.

Is there really nothing we won’t say for a fee?

Spam Can’t Act

Originally posted 2012-12-24 18:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

SpamThe U.K. Register reports that what would appear to be a very late in the game attempt by the original spammers — Hormel, makers of the presumably tasty canned meat — to preserve some semblance of control in the UK over the use of their trademark in the Internet space-junk context. They sued a shop that produced a product called “Spambuster.” (Query whether they have any chance of ever asserting trademark rights in that very descriptive product name? Not likely.)

According to the article, the court wrote: “Since Spambuster actually made no effort to connect its email software with the canned meat, it wasn’t much of a surprise that the judge took their word for it and dismissed the complaint.”

Bloody Vikings.

Unlovely SPAM

Hormel won’t give up.  And neither will Spam Arrrest, LLC (which makes a great product I used for years). A press release from Spam Arrest reports:

Spam Arrest LLC, which provides the popular web service software to eliminate email spam, hopes to end its four year legal battle against Hormel next month. Spam Arrest is the only company ever, except Hormel Foods Corporation, to secure a trademark including the word “spam” recorded on the principal United States trademark register. For nearly four years, Spam Arrest has defended its trademark against Hormel’s lawsuit seeking to cancel the SPAM ARREST trademark registration….

Spam Arrest has incurred almost $500,000 defending its trademark rights. “We’ve spent years fighting for our trademark, while much larger companies have simply abandoned their trademark applications after threats from Hormel,” said Brian Cartmell, CEO of Spam Arrest. “Not one person confuses our anti-spam service with Hormel’s canned meat — the average American consumer is smarter than that.”

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