The intellectual property process in this country has become pretty much of a joke.
Amazon patents the concept of clicking once to make a purchase. Fox “news” claims a trademark on the term “fair and balanced”. Donald Trump attempts to own the phrase “You’re Fired”.
And now this little bit of absurdity.
Marvel Comics is continuing in its bid to steal the word “super-hero” from the public domain and put it in a lock-box to which it will control the key. Marvel and DC comics jointly filed a trademark on the word “super-hero.” They use this mark to legally harass indie comic companies that make competing comic books.
All of this would be funny if there weren’t so many idiots and their lawyers involved.
On the other hand, remember that I’ve claimed a trademark on the word stuffâ„¢. All of you who’ve been using that word (and you know who you are): I’m still waiting for my royalties! :-)