How ‘Trademark Trolls’ Are Trying to Make the Most of the Pandemic

More than 600 applications have been filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office seeking to register COVID-related marks. And the number of applications continues to grow, with many appearing to be “opportunistic” trademark applications. One, for example, seeks to register “COVID-19 VIRUS FREE GUARANTEED” for apparel and other consumer goods. Another seeks to register “COVIDFREE” for antibacterial goods.

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