Painted image of Ben Franklin.

Ben Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 – 314 years ago! To celebrate the birthday and life of a man who was both a well-loved Founding Father and one of our country’s greatest inventors, test your knowledge of these innovations and published works from Ben Franklin:

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Electronic products together including a printer, camera, phones, tablets and computers.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the nation’s largest annual convention, provides an early look at the latest technological advancements for the electronic products we love to purchase and use. Last year’s CES attracted more than 175,000 attendees. The 2020 show – the 53rd CES – is being held in Las Vegas from January 7-10. To mark the occasion, test your knowledge of trademarks for these leading brands from the world of consumer electronics:

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Pantone, which maintains the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM of colors used by many companies in the graphic design, fashion design, product design, manufacturing and printing industries, named its Classic Blue (color 19-4052) as the color of the year for 2020, which is identified as “a reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection.” Color claims are often used as part of a registered mark and can add value to the strength of a proprietary brand. To celebrate 2020’s Color of the Year, test your knowledge of these famous blue brands:

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the series premiere for Seinfeld, the NBC sitcom created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. Several popular terms and catchphrases made famous by the show (such as No Soup for You, Yada Yada Yada and Low Talker) are still widely recognized more than 20 years after the end of the series. To honor the intellectual property created by this 1990s hit comedy show, test yourself with this Seinfeld trivia:

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Each year, companies introduce transformative products that make our lives more enjoyable and easier. These innovative products are built upon the inspiration and perspiration of world-class inventors. They are likely to be the subject of patent and trademark applications and plans for the development and sale of these products are likely guarded as trade secrets. Test your knowledge of these leading inventions from 2019 – which were recognized on this year’s “Best Inventions” list from Time magazine:

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The USPTO can cancel the registration of a mark that becomes the generic word for an entire category of products instead of a proprietary word to identify the offerings of a specific company. Terms such as cellophane, escalator, laundromat, thermos, and trampoline used to be proprietary marks but are now treated as generic words. Companies sometimes use the word BRAND and a generic product description after their marks (i.e., KLEENEX® brand facial tissues) so their marks are not treated as generic. Test your knowledge of these popular brands, which are sometimes used to reference a general category of products but are still registered with the USPTO:

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November 28th is known as “Red Planet Day.” On this day in 1964, NASA launched Mariner 4 (a robotic interplanetary probe) to study Mars, which is also known as the “Red Planet.” During its eight-month mission, Mariner 4 became the first spacecraft to capture close-up images of Mars. To recognize the amazing achievements of Mariner 4 and the scientific efforts that followed, test your knowledge of these intellectual property-related facts about Mars:

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During the span of relatively few years, a company’s brand as a stand-alone asset can become worth a significant amount of money and, in the case of the world’s leading brands, a huge amount of money. To recognize the top ranked companies on the 2019 Interbrand list of highest valued global brands, test your knowledge of the famous names, logos, and taglines:

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On November 18, 1928, the world was introduced to Mickey Mouse, who premiered in an animated short film. For this reason, November 18th is now known as Mickey Mouse Day. Celebrate the character who helped to launch Disney’s entertainment empire by taking this Mickey-themed quiz:

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