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    In this case the trademark would apply only to tomatoes.  That's usually how it works when the trademark consists of generic nouns and adjectives.  One couldn't sell anything with the name "Monsanto" attached, since Monsanto is not a generic noun. "Sweet Baby Girl" tomato is a Monsanto trademark.  But Monsanto does not hold any claim to the words, "sweet baby girl," unless they are specifically attached to a type of tomato.  Hey, I'm not a lawyer here -- patents, trademarks and copyrights can be really complex fields of law.

    My understanding is a servicemark is basically equivalent to a trademark, only applied to a service rather than a product.

    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.

    by winsock on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 11:02:44 PM PST

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