Home > News > USPTO Denies ‘Cum’ Trademark Status • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options


USPTO Denies ‘Cum’ Trademark Status

USPTO Denies ‘Cum’ Trademark Status
Get XBIZ News
Sep 12, 2006 5:00 AM PDT    Text size: 
WASHINGTON — The phrase “you cum like a girl” won’t be eligible for trademark protection, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which denied the request made by a Los Angeles-area comedian to register the slogan.

Saying that the word “cum” was “directly associated with degrading sexual acts,” USPTO examining attorney Patrick Shanahan declined Cathy Carlson’s request to trademark the phrase, which she uses in conjunction with her clothing line and comedy act.

“The term ‘cum’ as it relates to men and women has no other connotation than the sexual connotation of an orgasmic ejaculation,” Shanahan said. “A mark that is deemed scandalous under Section 2(a) is not registrable.”

In support of his decision to deny Carlson’s request, Shanahan included scores of photos obtained from Google image search after entering the term “cum.”

Carlson joked in response to Shanahan’s efforts to document the word’s vulgar meaning.

“He could have sent one picture,” she said. “He sent 10 megabytes.”

Carlson said she created the phrase as part of her act in an effort to reclaim the language from its vulgar meaning.

“Facials, pearl necklaces, happy endings — those are actually things that are precious to women, and guys have taken them and used them pornographically,” Carlson said. “So I started taking phrases and using them so they couldn’t have them anymore. ‘You cum like a girl’ was one of those things.”

Shanahan denied Carlson’s request in February. Her appeal, which was crafted with the help of patent attorney Matthew Jodziewicz, included examples of protected phrases the comic said she found profane. The phrases included “Evil Pussy,” “Wimpy Dicks” and “Just Suck It.”

Shanahan’s recent 16-page response, complete with scores of cumshots, marked the USPTO’s final decision.

Pointing out that the USPTO had approved a trademark for an adult distribution company to protect the phrase “Cum Together,” Carlson said she thought the examiner’s decision suggested a male bias.

Carlson has contacted the American Civil Liberties Union about appealing the USPTO’s decision in court.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !


Understanding 'Camming Sociology' Can Enhance Interactions

After working for six years in the live cam industry as a cam model and almost double the amount of time studying — while working simultaneously — how relationships work in cyberspace, I am... More »

Proper Fisting Techniques for Gentle Stimulation

Does the phrase “anal fisting” make your sphincter clench in terror? Does it seem like an urban legend or an extreme party trick? Most people scoff at the idea of trying it because it sounds... More »

Camming Games, Contests Keep Customers Engaged

Last issue, I talked about the importance of changing up the ambience in a cam model room via new décor and small visual tweaks, to keep viewers engaged long-term. This time, I’d like to discuss... More »
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.

Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ World magazine, the industry's leading e-commerce trade publication, delivering in-depth coverage of the online, mobile and ancillary digital markets.


XBIZ Retreat

May 30 - Jun 03
Miami, Florida

XBIZ Miami 2017

May 30 - Jun 02
Miami, Florida

XShow 18+ 2017

Jun 01 - Jun 03
Moscow, Russia

Cam Summit

Jun 02 - Jun 04
Lloret de Mar, Spain
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!