L.I. Couple Files Trademark Application For ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Slogan

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Trying to cashing in on the Wall Street protests or just a smart business move?

A Long Island couple wants to trademark the slogan “Occupy Wall Street,” and plaster it all over sweatshirts, t-shirts, bumper stickers and more.

Robert and Diane Maresca, of West Islip, plunked down $975 when they filed a trademark application with the U.S. Patent Office.

According to the Daily News, Robert Maresca is a member of Ironworkers Local 36. He has said that since the trademark was available for anyone to claim, he jumped at the opportunity, adding that if he didn’t do it, someone else might have.

“It’s important to keep it away from people who would try to use it for negative,” he told the paper, stating that he would like some of his potential profits to go to protesters.

The Marescas say they’re not in it for the money, but the capitalist move is leaving some demonstrators baffled.

The Occupy Wall Street movement
is now in its 6th week and appears to be showing no signs of slowing down despite numerous clashes with police, arrests and complaints from city residents and neighbors.

Are they trying to profit from the slogan or just keep it away from others who may try to?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

  • Marcia B. from Long Island

    Oh please people. Mr. Maresca seems genuine in his intentions not to use this as a purely greedy money making ploy. It seems that people are jealous because they didnt think of it themselves! This is America after all. Charlie Sheen applied to trademark his phrases and he is the 1%…..I didnt see that in the news?! We are a free country and we the “people” have the right to pursue business opportunities that present to us. THAT is the right of the 99% and I applaud him for seeing and acting on this before some monied corporation did.

  • dog

    It would be even more ironic if he becomes a 1 percenter because of it.


  • Todd

    Profit of course. I would have to say it is a loss to the actual organizers of this protest movement. Perhaps one of them is a smart lawyer and will rebuff these opportunists from LI and claim their intellectual property.

  • NYCstreets

    Lol, of course they’re trying to cash in. We’ll find out when we see the first LI teen with a bedazzled “Occupy Wall Street” sweatshirt.

  • http://asingleletter.wordpress.com thespectatorssport.wordpress.com/

    Shouldn’t a trademark belong to whoever created it? This couple didn’t create the phrase, and they ARE proving that capitalism prevails against all and thus undermining the movement that they seem to approve of!

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