Have you noticed how everything is trademarked these days? Company and product names I get, and some taglines I understand too, but some of this stuff just seems a bit much.

A few days ago I picked up some new shampoo. I was reading the bottle and it said “The Kiehl’s Patch-Test™: Before applying…” Why does that need to be formally trademarked? Are they worried Aveda or Redken or some other shampoo brand is going to suggest you use the “Kiehl’s Patch-Test” before you try their shampoo? What exactly is Kiehl’s trying to protect?

In the end none of this is a huge deal, it’s just something I’ve been noticing more and more lately. I wonder how much of this is lawyer driven. I assume it’s a pretty easy way to send a client a bill.