27 Trademarked Names That Have Become Commonly Used Terms
Sometimes a trademarked name is just the best way to describe a product. Here are some product names that are, or were, trademarked.
Sheetrock and drywall get used pretty interchangeably, but it’s important to note that Sheetrock is a trademarked name owned by the United States Gypsum Corporation. Make sure you know both terms for the next job and make sure you do the job right by avoiding these 7 common drywall mistakes.
Bubble Wrap ®
Bubble Wrap® started in 1957 and its inventors intended to use it as wallpaper. The name, however, is trademarked. The product is also referred to as cushioning or packing material. Bubble Wrap® remains one of the most versatile products out there and its uses will surprise you. Here are 50 ways to use Bubble Wrap® around the house you never thought of.
Dumpster, believe it or not, used to be a trademarked term that dates back to 1936 when the Dempster Brothers developed a system of loading garbage containers onto garbage trucks. They called it a Dumpster as a way to blend the name of the company and the front-end loading device for dumping garbage.
Styrofoam is a trademarked name owned by The Dow Chemical Company after it discovered a way to make foamed polystyrene in 1947. These days, Styrofoam products can be found almost everywhere, like with foundation insulation panels. But it does tend to have a long shelf life, which is great for homeowners but bad for the environment.
Weed eater, Weedwacker, Weed Wacker
The generic term we use, and several others, is string trimmer—doesn’t exactly fit the bill. Who needs to trim string around the house? But the generic term for the device better known as a Weedwacker, Weed Eater, or Weed Wacker, seems the best we can do since so many related names are trademarked. Husqvarna holds the Weed Eater trademark. Stanley Black & Decker holds the Weedwacker trademark, which might seem like an asset for the company right now. Weed Wacker, note the space, is owned by Environmental Essentials, LLC. The trademark details on Justia.com says Weed Wacker is to be used for odor neutralizing purposes on various surfaces. Kind of muddies the waters a little more. These are the 40 best lawn care products you need this spring.
Velcro is one of those products where trying to describe it in other terms doesn’t work easily even though it’s trademarked. A rose by another name, right? The trademark owner, Velcro Industries BV, asks that its products be called Velcro hook and loop fasteners or Velcro fabric fastening products. Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. Velcro products are great in the house to secure things, even in the kitchen. Here are 5 quick kitchen spice storage solutions using Velcro.
Johnson & Johnson owns the trademark to the name kids have cried out for since it was created in 1920. Johnson & Johnson continues to fight that the term hasn’t become generic because once it does, the company will no longer control the trademark for the adhesive bandage.
Kawasaki owns the trademark to Jet Ski, but it’s hard to say who has used the generic term “stand-up personal watercraft” outside of a law office. Find out the company names that have secret meanings.
The X-Acto knife is better known as a utility knife around here, though people continue to use X-Acto knife as a generic term. It, however, is a trademark term that is owned by Elmer’s Products, Inc. Yes, the glue people own the X-Acto trademark, which is often used to undo the work of glue—kind of a symbiotic relationship in a way. What’s more interesting about the X-Acto knife is that it was intended to be used as a scalpel but it couldn’t be cleaned, thus it became a hobby kit tool. Here are 100 creative uses for common household items.
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Jacuzzi is actually a corporation that manufactures whirlpool bathtubs and hot tubs. The company has held the trademark since it registered it back in 1978. Jacuzzi Brands has roots in the aircraft industry. In the 1920s the company built airplane propellers, which likely helped with the design of the jets found in Jacuzzi whirlpool baths.