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Trademarks and their limits
Posted Feb 6, 2013 6:20 UTC (Wed) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Posted Feb 6, 2013 9:15 UTC (Wed) by jezuch (subscriber, #52988)
One famous example was the name "VAX" which was a brand of vacuum cleaners - and computers, of course. There was a lawsuit, I think, and the court said that confusion of large computing machinery with household appliance is unlikely, so there is no infringement. One other result of that is a marketing slogan "nothing sucks like the VAX" applied to the computer ;)
Posted Feb 6, 2013 9:38 UTC (Wed) by anselm (subscriber, #2796)
Actually the marketing slogan used to be »Nothing sucks like an Electrolux« (which rhymes better). Electrolux and VAX are competing vacuum cleaner brands.
Posted Feb 7, 2013 8:19 UTC (Thu) by Cato (subscriber, #7643)
These days, UKians are somewhat Internet-savvy and have absorbed many US meanings such as this one. Although it seems the Oxford English Dictionary has much earlier UK usages, but they were not so common: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=583268
This has been a PedantryForFun announcement...
Posted Feb 7, 2013 10:27 UTC (Thu) by branden (subscriber, #7029)
As early as 1987, the Stanley Kubrick film _Full Metal Jacket_ was promoted with a poster which featured in prominent type:
THE WIND DOESN'T BLOW
Kubrick had been a resident of the U.K. for over 15 years at that point and was infamously involved in every aspect of his films' production, marketing/promotion, and distribution.
If an old fuddy-duddy like Kubrick could be persuaded of the utility of this slang by 1987, it surely must have had currency in the U.K. by the 1990s.
You sure that Electrolux ad campaign wasn't a bit of sardonicism?
Posted Feb 7, 2013 10:39 UTC (Thu) by Cato (subscriber, #7643)
I really don't think Electrolux would have paid for a poster campaign designed to say it was crap...
Posted Feb 7, 2013 10:48 UTC (Thu) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784)
Posted Feb 7, 2013 10:54 UTC (Thu) by branden (subscriber, #7029)
Posted Feb 7, 2013 17:43 UTC (Thu) by hpa (subscriber, #48575)
Posted Feb 8, 2013 4:00 UTC (Fri) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
Posted Feb 6, 2013 9:41 UTC (Wed) by neilbrown (subscriber, #359)
I still remember the VAX-750 with those large disk drives (they must have held hundreds of megabytes!) and the day some joker placed a box of "Drive" brand laundry detergent on one of them. I'd say that from a distance it was easy to confuse an RP06 disk drive with a washing machine. Maybe not a vacuum cleaner, but certainly a house-hold appliance.
Posted Feb 6, 2013 17:07 UTC (Wed) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
Posted Feb 14, 2013 0:10 UTC (Thu) by Wol (guest, #4433)
Posted Feb 6, 2013 10:15 UTC (Wed) by Seegras (subscriber, #20463)
Posted Feb 6, 2013 23:15 UTC (Wed) by roman (subscriber, #24157)
And... I have somewhere a photocopy of a label from "Unix Porto" (port wine).
Posted Feb 21, 2013 19:10 UTC (Thu) by JanC_ (guest, #34940)
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