Montana Made: A Business Owner is Trademarking the 406
|December 20, 2016||View for printing|
Smith is currently in the process of branching out and getting 406 trademarked on hats, beverage wear, stickers, magnets and more. But of course, it's not always easy. There are lots of people out to make money on a brand they may not realize is already owned.
"A lot of people do put 406 on a lot of items because they just don't think that it's a trademarked design because they are like, you can't trademark the state of Montana and I say, 'I'm not trademarking the state. I'm trademarking a sequence of numbers and a design that just happened to represent Montana through an area code'," Smith explained.
If you're in downtown Missoula, it's one green light you'll want to stop at. Sabrina Smith is the owner and founder of The Green Light http://www.greenlightmt.com/ , a local shop that caters to everything Montana.
By Justine Stewart
The Last Best Place? Entrepreneur's Bid to Trademark Slogan Angers Montanans http://www.matr.net/article-15767.html
The State of Montana formally joins 'Last Best Place' fray - "He's not going to get a trademark that will give him exclusive rights to this name," Gov. Schweitzer said. http://www.matr.net/article-15436.html
Sen. Baucus fights for "Last Best Place" for Montana http://www.matr.net/article-33212.html
A Last Best Place Wiki Helping a Trademark Bid Go "Paws Up" http://www.matr.net/article-15457.html
"Last Best Place" to stay where it belongs http://www.matr.net/article-34235.html
In Montana, a Popular Expression Is Taken Off the Endangered List . "The Last Best Place" http://www.matr.net/article-30280.html
Spending bill preserves 'Last Best' slogan for Montana http://www.matr.net/article-27047.html
Montana, keep your hands off Yellowstone http://www.matr.net/article-25256.html
MSU branding itself as University of the Yellowstone http://www.matr.net/article-25182.html
While I greatly admire entrepreneurial initiative, I'm afraid that this is similar to the battle that was fought when a business owner tried to trademark "The Last Best Place".
It took an act of Congress and a lot of political power to stop it. I hope it doesn't take that to stop this attempt.
The "406" should be available to all.
Reprinted under the Fair Use doctrine of international copyright law. Full copyright retained by the original publication. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.