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#1 Feb 10 2012 at 8:12 PM Rating: Good
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So. I'm hanging out with a friend of mine. He does the adult ed catalog for one of the school districts around here (yeah, no. Not *that* kind of adult ed. You sickos!). He got an email back from the district whatever-person who kindly reminded him that due to some recent legal change all references to the acronym "GED" must be followed with a trademark symbol. I thought it just stood for "General Education Diploma" and wasn't some branded thing, but apparently that's not the case?

I get that there's a organization which makes the tests for the GED, but I figured the acronym itself couldn't be a trademark (unless in reference to the test?). I mean, we don't trademark MD, or BS, or DDS, or anything else that references a type of degree or diploma. What's different in this case?

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#2 Feb 10 2012 at 8:18 PM Rating: Excellent
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gbaji wrote:
I thought it just stood for "General Education Diploma" and wasn't some branded thing, but apparently that's not the case?
Not since August 2011.

I'd have posted the link earlier, but I started reading it and about a page in I realized I give negative shits.


Edited, Feb 10th 2012 9:21pm by lolgaxe
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#3 Feb 10 2012 at 8:21 PM Rating: Excellent
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GED Trademark usage. Huh, I had no idea.

I expect it's a losing battle. I'm sure a billion of these sheets exist for different trademarks but I remember reading one from Adobe going on at length about how the product should always be called "Adobe Photoshop®" and was never to just be called "Photoshop" or used as a verb or "'Shopped" or anything of the sort. Wonder how that's working out for them.
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#4 Feb 10 2012 at 8:23 PM Rating: Good
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On a marginally related note, the GED test is rather pathetic. Despite dropping high school, I took the GED and ended up with a 3.8 to use for college admission purposes. Between that and the 30 I got on my ACT, I was in at least as good if not a better position than most high school graduates. All this because I spent one day in a room with questions like "100% of 7.5 is ___" and other extreme fundamentals.
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Oh! I officially declare "the WTF files" as a trademark, owned by me, myself, and I. Only to be used for random musings on silly and strange (and non-political because there must be some balance in the universe) threads. I may be talked into allowing others to use this trademark on a case by case basis of course!

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#6 Feb 10 2012 at 9:12 PM Rating: Excellent
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I always think of Chris Rock when I see GED.
http://www.hark.com/clips/fspsvddhky-g-dot-e-d#
#7 Feb 10 2012 at 9:50 PM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
GED Trademark usage. Huh, I had no idea.

I expect it's a losing battle. I'm sure a billion of these sheets exist for different trademarks but I remember reading one from Adobe going on at length about how the product should always be called "Adobe Photoshop®" and was never to just be called "Photoshop" or used as a verb or "'Shopped" or anything of the sort. Wonder how that's working out for them.

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For example, “GEDfun” is not allowed.


edit: I forgot to laugh Smiley: laugh

Edited, Feb 11th 2012 4:51am by Elinda
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gbaji wrote:
Oh! I officially declare "the WTF files" as a trademark, owned by me, myself, and I. Only to be used for random musings on silly and strange (and non-political because there must be some balance in the universe) threads. I may be talked into allowing others to use this trademark on a case by case basis of course!

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Umm yeah. That would be a good phrase for you.
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#9 Feb 11 2012 at 12:21 AM Rating: Good
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On a marginally related note, the GED test is rather pathetic. Despite dropping high school, I took the GED and ended up with a 3.8 to use for college admission purposes. Between that and the 30 I got on my ACT, I was in at least as good if not a better position than most high school graduates. All this because I spent one day in a room with questions like "100% of 7.5 is ___" and other extreme fundamentals.


I kind of hate you right now. I worked my *** off for my 3.6 GPA and 31 on the ACT, and still didn't get in to the school I wanted.
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