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Trademarks

January 31, 2007
By Marc Tinkler (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus Moderator
Everyday words that are trademarked that you might not think were...
aspirin
band aid
generic term: adhesive bandage
Clorox
generic term: bleach
Colt
generic term: handgun
Crazy Glue
generic term: cyanoacrylate
Dacron
generic term: Polyethylene terephthalate
Dumpster
Formica
generic term: laminate countertop
Frisbee
generic term: flying disc
Harris Tweed
generic term: tweed
Hoover
generic term: vacuum cleaner
Jacuzzi
generic term: whirlpool
Jaws of Life
Jell-O
generic term: gelatin dessert
Kleenex
generic term: tissue
Lego
Luger
generic term: gun
Mace
Magic Marker
generic term: felt tip pen
Plexiglas
generic term: acrylic sheet
popsicle
Post-It
generic term: self-stick notepad
Pyrex
generic term: soda-lime glass
roller blade
generic term: inline skate
scotch tape
generic term: cellophane tape
Sheetrock
generic term: gypsum wall board
Skivvies
generic term: underwear
Styrofoam
generic term: expanded polystyrene
Teflon
thermos
generic term: vacuum flask
Vaseline
generic term: petroleum jelly
velcro
generic term: hook and loop fastener
Wiffle Ball
xerox
generic term: photocopy
Zamboni
zipper

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Friday August 1st 2008, 7:17 PM
Comment by: Liz G. (Spokane, WA)
How about kleenex
Saturday September 6th 2008, 5:11 AM
Comment by: Davorka G.
How about xerox?
Wednesday April 1st 2009, 9:51 AM
Comment by: Pamela L.
Donald Trump tried this with "You're fired".
Wednesday April 1st 2009, 9:54 AM
Comment by: Paul W. (Los Angeles, CA)
Jello hasn't been accepted as generic?
Friday April 3rd 2009, 5:55 PM
Comment by: Daniel L. (San Mateo, CA)
how about post it?
Monday April 6th 2009, 10:24 PM
Comment by: Anne B. (Minneapolis, MN)
The term "aspirin" lost its trademark status over time and is now the generic term for this pain reliever compound. It is no longer a protected trademark.
Tuesday April 7th 2009, 6:50 AM
Comment by: Marc Tinkler (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus Moderator
Everyone:

Thanks for all your comments -- I've been adding additional words as people suggest them. It's true, some of these words have lost their trademark status, but the goal of the list was to show all of the words (many that you would never guess) that started life as trademarks.

Thanks again!

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