I was recently tipped off that some Canadian dude named Gerald Belanger, who owns N+S Ultramedia and Pop Goes The World, is claiming to have trademarked ‘Toronto Kpop Con’, ‘Kpop Con’, and even ‘Kpop’. I thought I was being trolled at first, but then I went to his site and saw the image above, and then I saw the tweet below.
Toronto Kpop Con™, Kpop Con™, Kpop™ are registered trademarks of N+S Ultramedia ® 2012 – 2016 All rights reserved. pic.twitter.com/ctlv34fxY3
— Pop! Goes The World! (@p0pgoesthew0rld) January 9, 2016
I’m not a lawyer, but this seems … well … comical, at best. At worst? It opens everybody up to future trademark trolling, which is essentially the worst thing.