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Precedent Barnstar[edit]

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I award EJSawyer this Precedent Barnstar for serendipitously contributing text cited by administrative judges in a real-world legal dispute.

In the case, In re Trek 2000 International Ltd., No. 77099785 (T.T.A.B. Nov. 30, 2010), Singapore-based Trek 2000 successfully won registration of the trademark "ThumbDrive."

In 2008, a trademark examiner approved principal registration for ThumbDrive® to Trek 2000 (a supplemental registration, which confers fewer legal benefits, had been granted two years earlier). In an unusual move, the examiner subsequently requested reinstatement of jurisdiction following the period for public comment. Once granted jurisdiction, the examiner rejected the trademark as generic. That is, the examiner found that "ThumbDrive" could not be a proprietary trademark because it referred generically to USB flash drives. In an effort to traverse the rejection, Trek 2000 cited several references, including the Wikipedia article on USB flash drive. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board blockquoted this article, a practice that I find somewhat horrifying (as do other commentators). The quoted passage favored Trek 2000's position because it suggested that "ThumbDrive" was commonly understood to derive from a trademark:

The myriad different brand names and terminology used, in the past and currently, make UFDs more difficult for manufacturers to market and for consumers to research. Some commonly used names are actually trademarks of particular companies, such as Cruzer, TravelDrive, ThumbDrive, and Disgo.

Although the Board did not place special emphasis on the Wikipedia article, some commentators have suggested that the decision may have been a very close call.

Your 2008 edit inserted the key term into the article. You added "ThumbDrive" to the list of commonly-used trademarked names. Interestingly, your edit may have false at one point—after the trademark examiner requested reinstatement of jurisdiction and refused registration. The 2010 TTAB decision, which quoted your contribution, ironically made the addition indisputably true.

Your edit is so unusual that I award you this first-ever Precedent Barnstar.

I trust that your edit complied with Wikipedia's conflict of interest policy. As an intellectual property attorney gamely noted about the Trek 2000 decision, "Wikipedia is available for posting a favorable entry regarding [trademarks]"!

Presented by Cool Hand Luke 03:03, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

I am honored, and more than a little surprised, by this award. I confirm that my edit complies completely with the Wikipedia conflict-of-interest policy. From my understanding of this case, I have never been employed, directly or indirectly, by any party that was involved in the dispute, nor have I ever owned stock in these companies, except perhaps as part of a mutual fund. My edit was simply made in good faith, to extend the encyclopedic scope of Wikipedia as a resource. EJSawyer (talk) 21:27, 7 January 2011 (UTC)

May 2015[edit]

You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on Dalek (Doctor Who episode). Users are expected to collaborate with others, to avoid editing disruptively, and to try to reach a consensus rather than repeatedly undoing other users' edits once it is known that there is a disagreement.

Please be particularly aware that Wikipedia's policy on edit warring states:

  1. Edit warring is disruptive regardless of how many reverts you have made.
  2. Do not edit war even if you believe you are right.

If you find yourself in an editing dispute, use the article's talk page to discuss controversial changes; work towards a version that represents consensus among editors. You can post a request for help at an appropriate noticeboard or seek dispute resolution. In some cases it may be appropriate to request temporary page protection. If you engage in an edit war, you may be blocked from editing.

Use Talk:Dalek_(Doctor_Who_episode)#Toclafane_adaptation to resolve this and avoid administrative action. 86.160.232.4 (talk) 17:26, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

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ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

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