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When Good English is Bad English

While recently walking in the ultra ritzy Ocean Ave, Carmel, California  I saw this sign on a gateway. Yes, I always notice strange and interesting names even on a mini vacation day. What I especially like is when they are

Posted in Consumer Goods, Famous Quotes, Hospitality & Travel, Naming News, Public Site Naming, Strange Names

When a V sounds like a W and a W sounds like V or Do as DU

This may cause both embarrassment and offense when words, names, actions and abbreviations can be misconstrued, through pronunciation and misinterpretation. And it all depends on your home language. I recently had a tutorial with an ESL Post-grad student.  He apologized

Posted in International Naming, Name Origins, Naming Education, Naming News

Nota releases Scrapbox with a flourish

It is refreshing to see that a software company called Nota Inc stayed true to its origins and finally released an absolutely magic note organizing product. The surprise is because for years since they were created by some Stanford Grad

Posted in Branding, Consumer Goods, Naming News, Technology Names

What’s in a classical musical name?

I do enjoy seeing articles about naming, as long as it is not YASOI  (Yet Another Set Of Initials). Today I had the pleasure of seeing such an article as I pulled up my favorite classical radio station KDFC on

Posted in Branding, Consumer Goods, Name Origins, Naming Education, Naming News, Trademarks

Who owns that consumer brand?

Recently there have been another spate of questions on Quora and other online forums about product brand vs company brand, especially from new marketeers or entrepreneurs wrestling with these issues. Admittedly it is different in small startups from the big

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Posted in Branding, Consumer Goods, Food Names, Naming Education, Naming News, Trademarks

Even AARP supports trademarking

In a recent article, AARP News wrote about elderly people still having time to come up with million dollar inventions. And yes, of course, they talked about patents – and often how unlikely that would be. But in a sidebar

Posted in Branding, Naming Education, Naming News, Naming Resources, 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

How to select a naming agency.

How to select a Naming Agency Before you can select a naming agency it is prudent to understand what kind of agencies and consultants are out there. They fall into 4 broad categories: 1.    Big Company Full Service Agencies:  These

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Posted in Branding, Consumer Goods, Name Origins, Naming Education, Naming News, Naming Resources, Trademarks

Is Gnarly a positive or a strange name for wine?

Every time I used to visit my friends in Sacramento, California, I used to pass a big billboard for Gnarly Wines. Then I always forgot to ask him what he thought of that name. Would he construe it as negative,

Posted in Consumer Goods, Name Origins, Naming News, Wine Names

Is Trump Pence only worth Tuppence?

Many of my clients might say that from a pure naming point of view, the Trump Pence ticket is better. After all, only two syllables and from two common English words, easy to say and remember. Meanwhile, all my English

Posted in Branding, Consumer Goods, Naming News, People Names

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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