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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-03-2016, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Someone is Trying to Trademark Pontiac and Oldsmobile and Will Probably Fail



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A Florida man is trying to trademark the Oldsmobile and Pontiac names.

Both brands flew under the General Motors banner when they existed, but Oldsmobile was phased out in 2004 while Pontiac received the same treatment in early 2010. Now a trademark application has appeared on the United States Patent and Trademark Office with Sylvan Mackaness of Olds Motor Works, Inc. trying to register both the Pontiac and Oldsmobile names. Mackaness appears to be an entrepreneur from St. Petersburg, Florida and itís interesting that he lists his company as Olds Motor Works, Inc., a similar company name that Oldsmobile used in 1897.

GMís trademarks for the two brands for use in automobiles has lapsed, but itís unlikely that Mackanessís application will be approved. It probably doesnít help his case that his application for Oldsmobile included as a specimen a picture of an Audi Type D race car from the 30s with the four-rings emblem removed.

Weíve reached out to Mackaness to ask about his plans for the trademarks, but still havenít heard back from him.
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I'd be very surprised if GM let either trade name lapse and would fight vigorously to keep them. Both Pontiac.com and Oldsmobile.com are still being used by GM.

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I'd be very surprised if GM let either trade name lapse and would fight vigorously to keep them. Both Pontiac.com and Oldsmobile.com are still being used by GM.
Agreed. I think it takes a lot more than just a few years before a company is considered to have "abandoned" names. Especially ones that have been associated with a certain entity for as long as Oldsmobile and Pontiac have.

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Agreed. I think it takes a lot more than just a few years before a company is considered to have "abandoned" names. Especially ones that have been associated with a certain entity for as long as Oldsmobile and Pontiac have.
I've never even heard of lapsing trademarks. However, there is it. This is an interesting read: Lapse of Trademark Registration is Not Abandonment of All Trademark Rights - Eric Waltmire's Blog

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