Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Trademarks really do help travelers playing road games


OK. Trademarks are sometimes a good thing.  I experienced as much this weekend on my car road trip to Rhode Island and then the Boston area, twice trying to find my hotels at night from a car.  No, I don’t have a Garmin.  I expect to see the trademarked logo for “Comfort Suites” illuminated from the Interstate, and on two occasions they were far enough off the road and hidden away that I couldn’t see them.  Air rights and view also matters.
  
Another related idea is that, when on an Interstate I see an exit for food or gas, I need to see the trademark for the establishment before exiting.  In many cases, I don’t know how far away it is.
  
Here’s another thing.  The American City Diner, near the Avalon Theater in Washington DC, with a model railroad running around the ceiling (another restaurant on Kent Island, Maryland also has one) is selling the “Trump Sandwich”, filled with layers of bologna, for $12.95. I’ve eaten there many times before movies at the Avalon, once watching the Redskins get off to a bad start for their 2013 season.  Can The Donald claim trademark infringement?  Seems like the publicity just gives him free PR, which he doesn’t need.  Consider the controversial 2002 campaign finance reform which I’ve discussed before.