Tuesday, March 12, 2013
There have been a lot of rumors floating around the Interwebs that the Australian manufacturer of Lasers, PSA, with the support of Bruce Kirby the designer of the Laser, is planning to distribute in various parts of the world a boat that looks like a Laser, swims like a Laser and quacks like a Laser, but that would not be called a Laser (on account of the fact that PSA does not own the rights to the Laser trademark in the territories where it wants to sell this boat.) See, for example, this post on the Laser forum.
The Laser Center at Cabarete even ran a competition to select the new name for the Laser-that-is-not-a-Laser.
I did submit a brilliant suggestion to that competition but I just discovered that it was probably wrong. Today while idly googling for information about Bruce Kirby trademark registrations (as one does) I came across this trademark application filed on behalf of Bruce Kirby, Inc. in November 2012 under the Goods and Services category of "Boats; sail boats" for the trademark KIRBY TORCH.
Hmmm. Now I wonder what boat Bruce would be planning to use that trademark for? It wouldn't be a bad name for a single-handed Olympic sailboat, would it?
Update 12 March 2013 7:20 PM. And by the way, the domain name kirbytorch.com was registered by Bruce Kirby's lawyer last month. See WHOIS.
Update 12 March 2013 9:30 PM. And kirbytorch.org has also been bought by the same lawyer.
Posted by Tillerman at 5:47 PM