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You might be surprised what consumer products and materials are trademarked, and what aren't any longer.
BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor Published: May 11, 2013

•  Aqua-lung.

•  Aspirin, originally a trademark of Bayer AG.

•  Escalator, originally a trademark of Otis Elevator Company.

•  Heroin, originally a trademark of Bayer AG.

•  Kerosene, originally a trademark of Abraham Gesner.

•  Phillips-head screw, named after Henry F. Phillips.

•  Pogo for the toy Pogo stick.

•  Thermos, originally a trademark of Thermos.

•  Yo-yo, originally a trademark of Duncan Yo-Yo Co.

•  Zipper, originally a trademark of B.F. Goodrich.

Jolene Bullock: That's interesting! ...

Richard Mize: Maybe I'll just use this thread as my column this week. (Maybe the Sheetrock legal team just felt a disturbance in the force ...)

Jolene Bullock: So there are no legal questions, you may quote me.

(Homebuilder marketing person): If you want to have fun, offer someone from DOW a drink in a “styrofoam cup.” They will tell you that there is no such thing. That what you are referring to is a cup made of expanded polystyrene. STYROFOAM™ is a trademark of The Dow Chemical Company and is, of course, extruded polystyrene foam currently made for thermal insulation and craft applications. I have been on the receiving end of that exact sermon when simply offering someone a drink. ...

Richard Mize: I wonder if Dixie™ makes Styrofoam™ ... uh, drink receptacles ... Aw heck, just drink directly from the Thermos! Wocka-wocka.

(Commercial real estate broker): I think I am going to Xerox the list of trademarks!

(Note to all trademark guardians: I get it. Some people don't. Maybe with this, in its entirety, some more of them will. Peace.)