• 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.)