Thursday, December 06, 2007

Governments can use trademarks: "Made in NY"

Non profit organizations can certainly have and enforce trademarks, as they need to engage in commerce in order to survive. In fact, so do governments and government entities. The United States Postal Service owns many trademarks, such as for "National Change of Address" software like FASTforward. Cities and municipalities often use them to attract business. In the movie business (as well as other consumer items), the City of New York has a trademark that says "Made in NY" with the slogan inside a circle. Films made in the City often display this trademark in the closing credits. Some films (like MGM / Weinstein Company 's "Awake") that have outdoor scenes made in the City but indoor scenes made elsewhere (like London) still can use the mark.