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Loews vs Lowes vs Lows

The last time I was in the property fixup business, my favorite local store was Home Depot. My kids even christened it “Daddy’s Toy Store” because I was there almost every weekend loading up lumber and paint and whatever. At

Posted in Branding, Hospitality & Travel, Industrial Products Naming, Naming Education, Trademarks

Why you need to register your trademark

A lawyer once made it very clear to me. He said if you ever have a dispute over a name, and you end up in court, then the party with the registered trademark stands up and says: “Judge, I have

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Posted in Biotech Naming, Branding, Industrial Products Naming, Name Origins, Naming Education, Naming News, Naming Resources, Technology Names, Trademarks

Rules for race horse names are rules for your product names

On the eve of the second leg of the Triple Crown, NBC Sports recently ran a little video explaining the rules associated with naming race horses. Turns out that the American Stud Book, Principal Rules and Procedures actually lays out

Posted in Branding, Consumer Goods, Industrial Products Naming, Naming Education, Sports Naming, Technology Names, Trademarks

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

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

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

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

A123 Systems – Superb technology…any old name will do?

Many an executive has said (or at least thought) that any old name will do since they have such great technology or such a great solution, or even such a great sales force? But what happens when you grow up?

Posted in Branding, Industrial Products Naming, Rotten Names

Brighter Naming anointed as a leading SMB naming firm

Clutch.co, the research firm that specializes in providing information on the top design, development and marketing firms, has selected us as a leading naming agency.  This is a great honor for our service related business that itself is a Small/Medium

Posted in Branding, Industrial Products Naming, Naming News, Naming Resources, Technology Names, Trademarks, Uncategorized

Enjoying the new Castrol Edge

I have often told people working for a company, that if they didn’t like the name or logo, there were only 3 choices available to them: Organize a program to evaluate and change it Live up to it Quit Usually

Posted in Branding, Consumer Goods, Industrial Products Naming, Name Changes, Naming News, Sports Naming

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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