Might be a "good" idea.  I just hope the intentions are "good" as well.

Just two days after the Boston bombing, it came as no surprise when multiple individuals applied to trademark the phrase “Boston Strong” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  One of the applicants is a t-shirt company called Born Into It, Inc.  The owner apparently wanted to be the first to trademark the term in order to beat non-Boston natives to it.  

History sure does repeat itself.  The same occurred directly after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York.  Many individuals tried to patent the phrase 9/11 to no avail.  According to news sources, “the government wouldn't grant anyone the exclusive rights to the phrase 9/11.”

In my opinion, trademarks to “Boston Strong” shouldn't be granted either.  I agree with trademark attorney Josh Gerben.  Gerben claims that “the Patent Office would most likely consider them to be in the public domain, and thus impossible to associate with any particular company or individual."

What Is a Trademark?

A trademark is used to distinguish one product from another.  It can be a logo, name, word, phrase, or symbol.  Once you get a legal trademark, and another person infringes on your rights to that trademark, you may sue them in federal court, seek damages, and get an injunction against them to make them stop using your intellectual property.

What are your thoughts?