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Rated: E · Book · Educational · #2105953
One hundred facts that are interesting but ultimately useless.
#904312 added February 9, 2017 at 1:28pm
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Generic Trademarks
Generic Trademarks
- miscellaneous -

A proprietary eponym, or "generic trademark", is an effect where a popular trademarked brand name becomes the de facto term for all similar products, regardless of manufacturer or trademark holder. Examples include "Thermos" referring to any insulated drink bottle, "Kleenex" referring to any facial tissue, or "Band-Aid" referring to any adhesive bandage.

Legal status varies from product to product. While the term "styrofoam" is still officially under trademark, "linoleum" has been declared legally generic.


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