Oh Brother, ;-) Emoticon Trademarked

A Russian businessman named Oleg Teterin, the owner of a mobile advertising firm called Superfon, has trademarked the iconic winking smiley – ;-) – in Russia. Teterin says that one year commercial licenses for the emoticon will cost “tens of thousands of dollars.” Charitably, regular users of the Internet can still use the smiley for free, according to Teterin.

“The decision from Rospatent means that no commercial organization in Russia can use this symbol in their advertising. It does not touch upon natural persons, who use smileys on the Internet,” Teterin said.

Because other emoticons, such as :), :-), and ;) are so similar to Teterin’s trademark, they also can’t be used legally in Russia. Legal experts don’t think the Russian Patent Agency’s trademark grant will ultimately hold up, however. “This set of computer keyboard characters is universally recognized. Therefore, its registration as a trademark may contradict the public interests,” legal expert Viktor Naumov told the Pravda newspaper.

In 2001, Despair, Inc., the makers of parody inspiration products, trademarked the frown smiley – :-( – in the United States as a joke, or perhaps as a way to point out flaws in the US patent and trademark system. A few press outlets back then picked up the story and generated some good press coverage for Despair.

It is a lot harder to tell if Teterin is joking, though. Russian daily Kommersant reports that this isn’t the first time that someone in Russia has tried to trademark that smiley emoticon.

And we were worried about Google patenting Gears.

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  • 017006

    That made me laugh ;-)

  • http://www.MarkMushakian.com MarkMushakian

    Haha, oh Russia…

  • Bruno Augusto

    That’s unbelieveable!

    So, let’s use it: ;-)

  • BoltClock

    That’s cool. At least they didn’t stop us from using it! ;-)

  • kev

    ho ho ho O

  • Tarh

    Of course, they’re relying on the fact that this will cause people to use the emoticon just to disrespect the ridiculous trademark, thus generating plenty of free publicity. ;-)
     
    As long as they don’t copyright Kirby (>’.’)> everything’s still fine! :-P

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    Kirby exercise routine!

    (‘.’)/ (>’.’)> <(‘.'<) (>’.’)> <(‘.”.’)> <(‘.'<) (>’.’)> <(‘.”.’)> <(‘.'<) (>’.’)> <(‘.”.’)> <(‘.'<) (>’.’)> <(‘.”.’)> <(‘.'<) (>’.’)> <(‘.'<)

  • roosevelt

    This is probably the dumbest thing I read… and also the smartest thing i read.

    Smart?

    Because if their competitor use it in their content, they can easily take them to court.

    Dumb?

    These officials should realize that smileys are general stuff. Just like dictionary words like good, bad, sad etc… Therefore, they cannot be trademarked.

    It’s not even an unique symbol but general knowledge that is known to most man in the 21st century.

  • randywehrs

    I would imagine they can’t copyright ;-) in every font. they would have to pick a specific form, and therefore a specific font. Personally, I would pick a better one than the picture at the top of the story… :)

  • http://www.mockriot.com/ Josh Catone

    @randywehrs: Well, technically that was my pick (and it’s Verdana). :)

    For the record, my favorite smiley is: ¬.¬ (inspiration for the :shifty: smiley in the SitePoint Forums — the original version of which I created — fun trivia).

  • http://www.newbreedjesusfreaks.com/ mcdanielnc89

    OMGosh, lol.. That’s so dumb… What people do for money these days… lol… I’m never going to stop using it ;-)

    Actually, how can they trademark it? It’s a general few keyboard keys… You’d think they’d have enough sense not to trademark it knowing people are going to use it whether or not they have it trademarked or not.

  • Tarh

    (>’.’)>P o __________|__________  Q<(‘.'<)
                       (Kirby Ping Pong)
     
    “SitePoint®” is also a general few keyboard keys, no? ;-)®

  • http://www.successwallpapers.com/ linkin99

    That’s it! I’m registering :-@
    as this just makes me want to :-@

    And here’s the great news, I’m only gonna license it out for only “thousands of dollars” in Russia, you know, undercut the competition. Tell me that that makes sense. Apparently, someone convinced those guys.

  • graedus_dave

    In Soviet Russia, ;-) emoticon patents you!

  • KHealey

    Wow, now that is hustlin. What are the odds he starts suing everybody now?

    http://www.KyleHealey.com

  • glenngould

    That’s it! I’m registering :-@

    I applied to register ® and © so people, watch your step when registering anything from now on!

  • WebDesignGold

    I’ve never understood how it’s possible to trademark something that you haven’t created or invented.. Like “apple” for instance..

  • roosevelt

    Hmm… apple’s trademarked? ‘wtf’

    Ok, who do I contact to protest this kind of weirdness?

    We all can chat about it here, but if we don’t protest, soon you will see more examples like this.

  • http://europeshops.net loko

    :-) this is for You my slovian brothers:)

  • xie mo

    We know that the Internet has become the enterprises to promote products, increase the visibility of the necessary means to their business information in BtoB’s Web site to log into a lot of business after the Internet will do; At the same time, relatively well-known site in order to enrich their own Data resources, has been the find this kind of enterprise customer base continued to increase their visibility.

  • http://www.cemerson.co.uk Stormrider

    Didn’t this get revoked?

  • http://www.para-diddledesign.com somecallmejosh

    Wow… trademarking a sequence of keystrokes. Could this be possible? Here’s some ideas for anyone looking to make a quick buck:

    1. omg
    2. brb
    3. gmta
    4. lol
    5. lmao
    6. lmfao
    7. 0_0
    8. 0_o
    9. :-)
    10. ;-)
    11. :-p
    12. :-8

    For a very detailed list of options, check out http://www.missingkids.com/adcouncil/pdf/lingo/onlinelingo.pdf

    This doesn’t belong to me or anyone I know.

  • ;-) :-) :o)

    The smiley face ;-) is trademarkable in Russia, why?

    Its distinctiveness rests around the fact that nobody smiles… bit like Germany :-)

  • Lee

    ;-) How funny (and ridiculous)!

  • p2409

    Did anyone in Russia’s historey ever get rich by actually working? Everything that leads to big bucks there is either inherited, stolen or uses standover men!

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