Should Governments Trademark Twitter Hashtags?


Joanne Ludovici emphasized the danger for any government agency using hashtags or other official marks that aren’t registered with the Patent & Trademark Office. If such marks are new and are official mottos, “I would have already filed trademark applications for them,” Ms. Ludovici said, explaining that trademark applications should be on file before any social media tags or marks are announced publicly, giving the government agency documentation to stave off any legal challenges against non-authorized use of its ownership. Read the full article