June 03, 2007

More on trademarking Katonah

Chief Katonah’s Descendants Oppose StewartLast week, Mr. Burton and other Indian descendants of Chief Katonah joined “Nobody Owns Katonah,” a campaign organized by the Katonah Village Improvement Society against the patent request. The society formally filed its opposition to the patent request in late April; Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has since filed a motion seeking the dismissal of the opposition.

Mr. Burton said that he had no problem with the company using the name Katonah for a product line, which it already does—the line is sold at Macy’s—just as he had no problem with the town’s use of the name.

“But she wants to trademark it, and that’s a whole different ball of wax,” Mr. Burton said. “Trademark Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter or Prince of Wales instead.”

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