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oliverlane says

Hey, something I learned at another site the other day... Gerber actually owns the rights to the word onesie and can take legal action again anyone selling under this name...

I met a woman on a forum running a small shop on the web that had actually gotten in trouble for her use of this word...

Just a word of warning for those of you who have outside web sites...I've changed all my wording to "one piece"

Here's the wikipedia on it in case you're interested...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onesie

Posted at 1:14 am Jan 9, 2008 EST

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good heads up :)

Posted at 1:24 am Jan 9, 2008 EST

great info. thanks

Posted at 1:26 am Jan 9, 2008 EST

oh wow, good to know.

Posted at 1:27 am Jan 9, 2008 EST

AliciaMae says

be sure ot read the linked "generacized trademark" article though...in the U.S they can't pursue copyright
"In many legal systems (e.g. in the USA but not in Germany) a generic mark forms part of the public domain and can be commercially exploited by anyone"

Posted at 1:30 am Jan 9, 2008 EST

Wow, I never knew that !

Posted at 3:14 am Jan 9, 2008 EST

ediblebaby says

umm, oliver, you ARE still using the word onesie...does that mean it IS ok?

Posted at 12:48 pm Jul 21, 2009 EDT

deba822 says

AliciaMae said:
be sure ot read the linked "generacized trademark" article though...in the U.S they can't pursue copyright
"In many legal systems (e.g. in the USA but not in Germany) a generic mark forms part of the public domain and can be commercially exploited by anyone"
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The terms "Onesie" or "Onesies" are sometimes used in the United States as if they were a genericized trademark;[1][2] however, "Onesies" is a registered trademark of Gerber Childrenswear, which objects to both the usage of the term as a generic name and the usage of the singular form "Onesie".


Their lawyer answered my emails. The word is a no-no.

Posted at 12:53 pm Jul 21, 2009 EDT

I never knew that either, thanks for posting this.

Posted at 12:56 pm Jul 21, 2009 EDT

So for the 960 PAGES worth of folks who use it? Is everyone going to get their hand smacked or just a few of us? I have it in 20 of my listings and only two got yanked?

Posted at 12:56 pm Jul 21, 2009 EDT

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