Lawyer seeks a lock on lingo

Lawyer seeks a lock on lingo

There are 5 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Feb 21, 2008, titled Lawyer seeks a lock on lingo. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Eric Menhart is still making people mad. It used to be just e-mail spammers who were upset with him, back when he was a George Washington University student suing them under Maryland law.

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Baltimore, MD

#1 Feb 21, 2008
...and here is the crux of the issue...the real reason this "lawyer" wants to trademark something obviously public. These young I'm-entitled-to-everything know-it-all spoiled ass brats make me sick.

",,,Menhart's original application asked that he be granted exclusive rights to the term - which he first used commercially a year ago - as it relates to a laundry list of legal services, including "providing information relating to legal affairs." That would have allowed him to sue others if he was granted the trademark."

Pleasanton, CA

#2 Feb 21, 2008
this kids a huge tool- who cares?

Baltimore, MD

#3 Feb 21, 2008
I wanted to trademark as*hole but I found out that this guy already owns the rights.
Attila the Hon

United States

#4 Feb 21, 2008
What would happen if all the words, alphabets, numbers & symbols in every language & culture around the world were trademarked? How would humankind conveniently communicate amongst themselves? Eric Menhart is nothing more than a Washington, DC-based legal punk who, unfortunately like an overwhelming percentage of the world's population, has an absolute disregard for the consequences of his actions. Think about the worst-case scenarios for EVERYONE involved! Little wonder why the world is so overburdened with problems that easily could've been avoided had rampant selfishness not been involved.
Willie Shakespeare once recommended that the first thing to be done is to kill all the lawyers. Guess we'll start with Eric Menhart...or Peter Angelos.
Tim Oey

Santa Clara, CA

#5 Feb 22, 2008
The desire for businesses to "own" words and suppress free speech through trademark claims is a bit alarming. See:

For my own free speech adventures.

Tim Oey

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