Podcast trademark rejection cites Wikipedia

The United States Patent and Trademark Office rejected a trademark application last September for the term “podcast.” Attached to the rejection letter is a complete printout of the podcasting entry on Wikipedia, citing the previous history of the term and its use describing a characteristic or feature of a product.

A few searches in the trademark database found entries for “podcast ready” audio players and a rejected application for vidcast, both citing blog entries. The accuracy of the podcast entry on Wikipedia has been under dispute and depending when the trademark office took a look at the entry the examining attorney would have seen a different view of history.

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