Words, Phrases & Even Colors You Had NO Idea Were Trademarked

Be careful with these, you may get sued! These are things you had NO idea were trademarked! Check out some of the craziest below!

According to Best Life Online:

Photos of the Eiffel Tower at night
Trying to sell your photo of the Eiffel Tower at night might just end up costing you in the long run. While the tower itself is part of the public domain (so feel free to snap away during daylight hours), its lighting display is a separate work of art—and a copyrighted one, to boot. If you did want to sell your image, you’d need to request permission from the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, which runs the famous landmark.
Usain Bolt’s “Lightning Bolt” gesture
Surprisingly enough, even a gesture can be trademarked. In addition to trademarking his name, runner Usain Bolt has gone so far as to trademark his signature “lightning bolt” victory move.
Reese’s Orange
The orange color on your peanut butter cup’s packaging isn’t something you’ll see on any other food wrapper. If you flip that treat over, you’ll see that Reese’s wrappers clearly state the “orange background color is a registered trademark.”
The word “Face”
While staking claim to the word “face” might seem a little overkill, that’s exactly what Mark Zuckerberg managed to do following the success of Facebook. The word “Face” is now a trademark of Facebook—but only when associated with telecommunications.
UPS Brown
Don’t try to copy your UPS driver’s look unless you want to talk to the company’s lawyer. That chocolate brown hue—formally known as Pullman Brown—is a company trademark.
The word “Bam!”
While it’s totally fine to shout “Bam!” at your stove as much as you see fit, don’t try associating it with any cookware—unless you’re Emeril Lagasse. The celebrity chef trademarked the utterance as it relates to kitchenware.

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