Thursday, October 27, 2005

peak oil trademark


Post archived to comments due to innaccurate reporting on my part.

I apologize for the confusion.


At 3:22 AM, October 27, 2005, Blogger Big Gav said...

I guess the business of America is business after all.

What a tool.

At 10:30 AM, October 27, 2005, Blogger Rob said...

Colonnese claims to be using the trademark defensively. Whether I or anyone should take him seriously is another matter. Color me skeptical, anyway.

At 7:50 PM, October 27, 2005, Blogger WHT said...

Trademarks on smells:

At 4:23 AM, October 28, 2005, Blogger Big Gav said...

You have no idea how stupid I feel after writing a moderately rude email last night...

I'll never rise up to one of your clarion calls again :-)

At 10:11 AM, October 28, 2005, Blogger monkeygrinder said...

Ack, sorry about that!

Look, just send an email explaining it is my fault and I'll do the same.

It is kind of funny, because the reason I was so spittin' mad is I assumed some evil joker was trying to force to change their operating name.

thus, I haplessly lashed an an admin of with insults.

At 1:51 PM, October 28, 2005, Blogger monkeygrinder said...

moving post to comments:
Via Peak Oil Optimist,

From message board:
As brought to our attention by an Energy Bulletin reader and reported today in the Peak Oil Optimist blog, someone called Daniel Colonnese is claiming a trademark on the words "PEAK OIL" for use in a news and bulletin board website.

The US federal trademark:


Goods and Services
IC 038. US 100 101 104. G & S: Providing on-line electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among computer users concerning news about oil

Standard Characters Claimed

Mark Drawing Code

Serial Number

Filing Date
April 19, 2004

Current Filing Basis

Original Filing Basis

Published for Opposition
September 20, 2005

(APPLICANT) Daniel, Colonnese INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 5574 Whithorn Ct Fayetteville NORTH CAROLINA 28311
Registrant Contact:
Daniel Colonnese (
Fax: +1.n/a
Cambridge, MA 02141

Type of Mark


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This seems a rather flimsy and shoddy bit of business, like much of what passes for "intellectual property" these days.

But, having been registered, Mr. Colonnese can now sell to individuals the right to discuss oil depletion under the rubric "Peak Oil" in the United States.

The irony lies in this silly squirrel attempting to own a piece of a concept which describes a scenario that will collapse the value of imaginary things, and greatly increase the value of real things.

A small example. In five years, one will likely be unable to spend $16.99 on a music CD, when a gallon of milk costs $20.

And so on.

Anyhoo. Though I'm no lawyer, think the REAL has a common law case, given that they have ads on their site (commerce!) and have been around for a while. As usual, the dull tacks in the patent office have their thumbs inserted into a dark place, meaning the onus is on honest people to prove they are honest, and the slick hucksters can balance their fortune on the head of pinhead.


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