Amazon wins Braindead Award

Recently, Amazon sent me an email asking that I update my website information regarding my account. When I tried to do so I received a message that my website contained a word that was not allowed. I contacted them via “live chat” and was told my website name was not allowed in as it contained a trademarked word “jet”….! According to the representative I was chatting with, “Jet City Comics” owns the rights to the word “jet”.
This is what I found on the internet:
There are limitations on trademark rights.
– the name has to be regarded as distinctive, not just any old common word. No one, for instance, would be allowed to claim a trademark for the common drink “Cola”
-if you have a trademake, you cannot claim it for things unrelated to your business. Thus, while MacDonalds has a trademark on the “Big Mac” BURGER, that would not necessarily disallow another business in an unrelated field from using the name or something like it (provided they were not CONFUSING customers or trying to trade in on your success). And of course having a trademark to a particular service or sandwich or whatever does not prevent others from offering the same type of product or service (they just can’t use your registered name!)
Also “Darkjet” is one word not two – so it’s completely different from the “jet” in “Jet City Comics”. I wonder who has the trademark to the words “city” and “comics.”
And ,hey, Amazon…what about the Swifter Wet Jet? Are you going to remove that product from your website?
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