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Mooboo – The Best Bubble Tea for You

“MooBoo Bubble Tea” has been hitting the headlines lately but not as a great product name. Instead there are the controversial issues regarding alleged unpaid hours issues (thankfully now resolved legally.) I wonder whether this burst the bubble of MooBoo

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Slick as a whistle pig

The title of this blog is taken directly from the heading of an article in a recent copy of Business Week – with thanks and acknowledgments. And I have used it since it was clearly authored to attract attention to

Posted in Branding, Consumer Goods, Domain Names, Hospitality & Travel, Strange Names, Trademarks, Wine Names

How to name your solar company or products

Last time I calculated carefully, there was a solar startup about every four and half hours in the USA alone. Even if that has now slowed down to two a day (probably unlikely or very conservative), what are you going

Posted in Branding, Consumer Goods, Domain Names, Industrial Products Naming, Naming Education, Naming News, Naming Resources, Technology Names, Trademarks

Where are the trademark police?

After a lot of deliberation, brain-storming and creative word smithing, you finally have a new unique name in your industry. And after a blessing by your own intellectual property legal counsel you have applied for, and received, a registered trademark.

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eero gives me ear ache

I have been thinking of a very positive headline for this posting all week, especially because I am very impressed with the rest of their marketing. But at the end of the day, eero is just a little too clever

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Harbor Freight is a fine name for a tool company

It is only now that I go to write this posting that I notice the full name of Harbor Freight is actually Harbor Freight Tools. So it doesn’t sound like a freight company after all for the few of us

Posted in Branding, Consumer Goods, Domain Names, Industrial Products Naming, Name Changes, Name Origins, Naming News, Trademarks

Most execs are doing naming ass backwards

If you are naming your kid or your pet, you think of the names you like and then you pick one. This method works fine because every name you come up with is available, other than a few you eliminate

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Google to learn Alphabet

After massive growth with a very young management team, it seams like they are going to stop Googling in preschool and go to kindergarten to learn their alphabet. Along the way they are sure to shake up some old notions,

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Twilio name tries too hard

When I first heard of this company, it was the name that caught my attention. That in turn made me concentrate hard to try to understand what they did. In due course I realized the potential of their tool kits

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Absolutdata forced to run from their own trademark application.

I am not a teetotaler (well not quite) nor a prude, but I still don’t like software companies named after alcohol drinks. Yes I know Blue Martini was successful for a while, but I never could bring myself to even

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Naming Articles

New brand insider articles from an experienced marketing team. Learn all the basics of naming, branding and trademark registration from these free reports:

August 2016: How to select a naming agency.

July 2016: How to get International Trademark protection.

March 2016: You received a cease and desist letter. Now what?

May 2015: How can one product line have many trademarks?

Jul 2014: What roles do copyrights and patents play in protecting names?

Jan 2014: Predictions for 2014 and Free Offers.

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