Patently ridiculous

From Nestle’s attempt to copy the shape of KitKat bars to Walmart’s appropriation of the smiley face, here are a few failed attempts at copyrighting names, noises and more.

A British court ruled in May that the candy giant Nestlé could not trademark the traditional four-fingered configuration of its Kit Kat bar. “We are concerned here,” wrote the judge, that “the three-dimensional shape of a chocolate product has no inherent distinctiveness.” That deliciously entertaining, albeit unsuccessful, effort is certainly not the first failed attempt at copyrighting names, noises and other what-have-you’s.

Patently Ridiculous