‘Grace McLaughlin on Nonsense Marks’

“In this episode, Grace McLaughlin, a recent graduate of Harvard Law School, discusses her note ‘Fanciful Failures: Keeping Nonsense Marks off the Trademark Register’, which is published in the Harvard Law Review. McLaughlin begins by explaining what ‘nonsense marks’ are and why some companies register them. She observes that nonsense marks frustrate the expectations of trademark doctrine, primarily because they linguistically fail to function as marks …” (podcast)

[Ipse Dixit, season 1, episode 726, 4 August]

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