From tap))) to (((tap)))®

Out with the old and in with the new.

Our original logo tap))) was submitted to the USPTO as a trademark application. Once moving through several preliminary steps required to obtain a trademark a published announcement is made to a public resource called the Official Gazette; the last step before the application is finally approved and a trademark is granted.

If nobody opposes the application during publication the last step of registration will proceed to the primary register as a trademark allowing registrants to use the ® symbol with their trademark during the course of engaging in commercial trade. Our trademarked logo would have appeared as tap))) ®. Alas that was not to be as an opposer showed up during the last week of publication and everything got very complex and time consuming  really fast.

To make a long story short tapABILITIES has negotiated the use of a new logo which will appear as (((tap)))®. We have filed a Post-Publication Amendment with the USPTO to amend from tap))) to (((tap))).

Barring any further objections or other SNAFUs our trademark application will soon proceed to the USPTO primary register and we will be marketing the use of the trademark (((tap)))® upon our products or products we manufacture for our customers that will bear customer logos or other artwork juxtaposed with our trademark.

The Right of Publicity

Per  Wikipedia the right of publicity, often called personality rights, is the right of an individual to control the commercial use of his or her name, image, likeness, or other unequivocal aspects of one’s identity. Can we avoid being held liable for infringing on one’s rights of publicity? Mr. Edward H. Rosenthal has the following to say on the subject…

The Right of Publicity
August 2014
Edward H. Rosenthal
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C.
488 Madison Avenue New York, New York 10022 (212) 826-5524

Truthful advertising of the content of a publication is protected by the First Amendment, provided that the advertising is a truthful description of the content of the medium. Montana v. San Jose Mercury News, Inc., 34 Cal. App. 4th 790, 40 Cal. Rptr. 2d 639 (6th Dist. 1995) (newspaper’s use of a poster of football star permissible as advertising of its content).

Under state laws, the person used must be a subject presented or discussed in the publication. See, e.g., Lane v. MRA Holdings, supra (“Girls Gone Wild” video); Cohn v. Nat’l Broad. Co., 50 N.Y.2d 885, 430 N.Y.S.2d 265 (1980) (use of Roy Cohn’s name in advertising TV movie about Senator Joseph McCarthy that included Cohn was permissible). In addition, the advertising must be limited to an explanation or illustration of the content of the publication.

Namath v. Sports Illustrated, 48 A.D.2d 487, 371 N.Y.S.2d 10 (1st Dep’t 1975) (Sports Illustrated subscription advertising could use Joe Namath’s picture and name in describing coverage of Namath); see Booth v. Curtis Publ’g Co., 11 N.Y.2d 907, 228 N.Y.S.2d 468 (1962); Stern v. Delphi Internet Services Corp., 165 Misc.2d 21, 626 N.Y.S.2d 694 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1995) (use of the subject of chat in advertising of an online chat service is permissible).

However, a medium cannot use any photograph merely because it has appeared in the medium, and it cannot use the people who appear in publication as models or endorsers. See Gritzke v. M.R.A. Holding, LLC, No. 4:01CV495–RH, 2002 WL 32107540 (N.D. Fla. Mar. 15, 2002) (“Girls Gone Wild” video package); Velez v. VV Publ’g Corp., 135 A.D.2d 47, 524 N.Y.S.2d 186 (1st Dep’t 1988) (Village Voice newspaper cover).

If the advertising falsely describes the nature of the publication it may be actionable. Cher v. Forum Int’l, Ltd., 692 F.2d 634 (9th Cir. 1982) (false claims in ad promoting an interview of Cher in a magazine resulted in violation of her publicity rights.

Display Viewport Unit Dimensions in Web Page

This Classic Javascript snippet has proven to be one of my most useful helper scripts I embed at the bottom of a page while designing and developing web pages. The script will output viewport dimensions in px, rem and viewport units when the browser is resized.

This helper script is very helpful to determine where to use a breakpoint. The source is easy to read and easy to hack further. Enjoy it…

Download Viewport Units from Clinton Gallagher’s GitHub Page

USPTO Trademark Application Status

Our tap)))™ logo trademark application was refused by an USPTO examining attorney for Class 009 and Class 042 but approved for Class 016 and that’s actually good news because the application will be moving forward.

Pending any public objections (the last step in the registration process) and pending our successful defense to any possible public objections our logo will become entered onto the USPTO Primary Register.

At that time we will no longer need to display the logo as tap)))™ on products; we will be lawfully allowed to display our logo as tap)))® on products to indicate the trademarked logo has been formally registered with the USPTO for Class 016 namely consisting of printed products in the channels of trade which utilized Near Field Communication (NFC.)

Hello World

A picture they say is worth a thousand words. If that adage still holds true scrolling or navigating through this site will show a number of pictures of finished products or  elicit the creative spark of a thousands ideas we call “use cases” that is; the myriad of nearly limitless uses our products and services can be used for.

We’ll be following up with many more posts, articles and transformed things for presentation, for sale or for lease that are derived from creative ideas as we build out our platform of taplication℠ products and software services designed and developed by tapABILITIES™ artisans skilled in transforming inanimate things using Near Field Communication (NFC.)

Contact us if you are another artisan or an early adopter that wants to design and build with us.

It also goes without saying, we invite you to call us to discuss purchasing our products and services designed and developed to support your use cases.