February 18, 2014

Celebrating Black History Month: Oprah's Top Ten Trademarks

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC


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Oprah Winfrey Receives 2013 Presidential Medal Of Freedom
Oprah receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom
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We love Oprah for "O" (heh heh) so many reasons. She spent her formative years here in Nashville, where she eventually cut her teeth in local news and media. She is now one of the most influential people on the planet, and uses that influence for the powers of good. A woman of extremely humble beginnings, she leveraged talent, hard work, and determination to amass a media empire. Ridiculous success aside, what's the biggest reason we love Oprah? Her company, Harpo, Inc., loves trademarks, just like us. Oprah's entrepreneurial efforts are almost always fruitful, but even one of the greatest living business people makes some mistakes. Here are our top ten Oprah-related trademark hits and misses.

10. SPECIAL MOMMY HUG

Awwwww. Oprah's trademarks make us feel so safe.

9. GIVE BIG OR GO HOME

Only Oprah can get away with asking for charitable contributions like this. Because she's that powerful. And, has this trademark registration.

8. RELEASING YOUR INNER SEXPOT

This just made us giggle.

7. WILDEST DREAMS WITH OPRAH

"There's the one where I go on Oprah and I jump up and down on the couch and, wait, what? That really happened?!" --Tom Cruise

6. SUPER SOUL SUNDAY

Take that, "Sunday Funday."

5. AMERICA, ARE YOU NORMAL?

No. America is exceptional. Exhibit A: Oprah.

4. CHRISTMASKINDNESS

This is clearly for her upcoming line of new-age cosmetics, Christma Skin-D-ness.

3. GET WITH THE PROGRAM

If Oprah tells you to, you better.

2. DON'T TEMPT FATE, THAT TEXT CAN WAIT

Contrary to our initial thoughts, this is about driving safety, not drunk texting.

1. O

A letter. A stylized letter, for sure, but still a single letter of the alphabet. Wrap your mind around this: An African American woman, born sixty years ago in the deep South, pulled herself out of poverty and has garnered so much good will that the government has given her the right to stop people from using the letter O in certain contexts. Amazing.

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