Wile E. Coyote, Cybergenius

Eric Goldman updates us on the “Cyberlaw” trademark preposterousness:

Despite his initial blustery defense of the application (which, as a reader noted to me, violated the First Rule of Holes), Menhart has now backed off his claim to own the term “CyberLaw.” Instead, he has amended his application to seek a trademark registration only in his stylized CyberLaw logo. . .

However, Menhart doesn’t appear to have changed his tune about the merits of his initial application. Instead, the Baltimore Sun quotes him as saying that he amended his application because:

It was very clear that this was not going to be an academic argument, it was going to be more of a shouting match, and I didn’t think it was worth my time to get involved in a shouting match with people that were going to shout louder and had more ammunition in their holsters than I had.

Funny–I would have thought it wasn’t worth his time because the application was completely unmeritorious.

Maybe that’s what he means by “ammunition in their holsters,” Eric.

Or, now that I think of it, maybe he means something different altogether?

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2 Responses to “Wile E. Coyote, Cybergenius”

  1. March 27, 2008 at 3:42 pm #

    Excuse me, I insist that you immediate cease using the trademarked term “Cybergenius”. :-)

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  1. BlawgIT - Internet Patent, Trademark and Copyright Issues with Attorney Brett J. Trout, P.C. - February 24, 2008

    [...] One of the most interesting recent online intellectual property events was Eric “Wile E. Coyote Cybergenius” Menhart capitulating his quixotic attempt to trademark the term “cyberlaw” out of the public domain. Admittedly, as that is also the title of my latest book, I had a little skin in the game. Thankfully, many seasoned cyberlawyers joined Eric Goldman and Ron Coleman in gang-tackling Mr. Menhart before he scored his trademark registration. Tricia Bishop of The Baltimore Sun even quoted your humble narrator in her documentation of Mr. Menhart’s online implosion. Now what was that about no publicity being bad publicity? [...]

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