leia@amazon sam@amazon oswald@amazon
Trademark approval is a lengthy and expensive process. The right to a trademark includes being able to show that you were first to use the mark in commerce across state lines (that includes ecommerce).
That being said -A lot of trademarks are being filed for shirt sayings irregardless of the fact that many shirts with these sayings have been selling on Amazon by more than one person for a period of time. It's a fools errand for the most part, but it is causing some panic within the Merch designer community.
Filing for a trademark doesn't guarantee approval.
Here is an example: On Friday (back during the campaign), Hillary Clinton used the words "basket of deplorables". A) She is a politician and these words were used during a political campaign. No one can claim ownership.
By Sunday, there were 300 designs on Amazon using these words and variations of these words and ideas. They were selling like hotcakes. By Monday, I believe there were over 3K shirts selling on Amazon. There were also multiple products being sold with these words on many different platforms.
Later in the week someone FILED for a trademark for the word "deplorables". There is no way this will get approved.
But a lot of people are freaking out about trademakrs that are being filed long after they've had shirts up and selling on Amazon.
So please answer the question to bring clarity to the situation: Does Amazon require trademark complaints to include the officially registered trademark number? Do you remove shirts or suspend accounts based on complaints that are under a trademark FILING, but have NOT been approved or officially registered?