[78-L] Nipper trademark
michael.shoshani at gmail.com.invalid
Thu Sep 1 05:47:22 PDT 2016
I just realized that I said there is only one active registration, and then
listed two others. I wrote the former after having done a search on the
phrase; the other links came after I got the idea to search the term "dog
and phonograph", and I forgot to delete the part about there only being one
active registration for the image. There are, in fact, three that I turned
On Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 7:37 AM, Michael Shoshani <michael.shoshani at gmail.com
> The thing about Nipper is that he was registered in several places
> simultaneously, and his status varies from country to country.
> In the United States, there is only one active trademark registration for
> the His Master's Voice image - and sound recordings are not part of what it
> covers. You can view it at http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#
> caseNumber=71195205&caseType=SERIAL_NO&searchType=statusSearch ; its
> registration (which was renewed in 2004, and should be expiring around 2025
> or so unless renewed again) covers the following. Apologies for the all
> caps, it's how it's formatted in the registration:
> "RADIO APPARATUS, PARTS, AND APPURTENANCES--NAMELY, RADIO RECEIVING SETS,
> [SOUND AMPLIFYING HORNS HAVING TELEPHONE RECEIVERS,] LOUD SPEAKERS,
> [LOOPS,] [ MICROPHONES, ] RADIO RECEIVING SETS MOUNTED OR CONTAINED IN
> CABINETS WITH TALKING MACHINES, RADIO RECEIVING SETS ADAPTED FOR
> COMBINATION WITH TALKING MACHINES, RADIO RECEIVING SETS WHEREIN PARTS OF
> TALKING MACHINES ARE USED AS PARTS OF RADIO SETS, WHEREIN TALKING MACHINES
> ARE USED AS LOUD SPEAKERS, [AND WHEREIN THE SOUND AMPLIFYING HORNS OF
> TALKING MACHINES ARE PROVIDED WITH TELEPHONE RECEIVERS AND [ MICROPHONES ];
> AND FOR ELECTRICALLY-OPERATED TALKING MACHINES] AND PARTS, SUPPLIES,
> [ACCESSORIES,] AND APPORTENANCES THEREFOR--NAMELY, ELECTRIC MOTORS, COILS,
> TRANSFORMERS, [ RHEOSTATS, ] ELECTRIC SWITCHES AND ELECTRIC STOP MECHANISMS"
> This is currently owned by RCA Trademark Management in France, which would
> be Technicolor.
> The only other live registration listed under "His Master's Voice" is the
> phrase itself, without an accompanying image. This word-mark was registered
> last year by Radio Corporation of America in Haddonfield, NJ. Obviously a
> ghost company set up to trade on the name. This registration does cover
> sound recordings, but only as a wordmark with no image. Its details are at
> The Nipper image itself is registered by Technicolor for clothing and
> sportswear http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=86145259&caseType=
> Audio hardware http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=85670433&caseType=
> None of these cover sound recordings, though. Records, CDs, tapes, none of
> it. Just radios, reproducing equipment, video equipment, etc.
> Michael Shoshani
> On Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 7:00 AM, Kristjan Saag <saag at telia.com.invalid>
>> Most of your questions seem to be answered here.
>> As for reliability - God knows.
>> On 2016-09-01 13:37, Rodger Holtin 78-L wrote:
>> > The question of a Columbia as a poor substitute for a Victor in the
>> > Florence Foster Jenkins film brought up the use of the Nipper
>> > trademark. Is the trademark like a copyright or patent which expire
>> > after X number of years? Patents on all things gramophonic have long
>> > since expired and thanks to Disney copyrights are now practically
>> > permanent in the USA. Has Nipper expired as a trademark or is he so
>> > permanent that he will outlive the sale of recordings as we knew them?
>> > Will Sony or whoever is the legal successor to that stuff ever rise up
>> > and start demanding a royalty on the sale of Nipper's visage over the
>> > internet or in flea markets?? Sent from my iPhone, which explainz any
>> > bad typjng and nonsensical word choices.
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