Rubik’s Cube (r) and the Department of Homeland Security

From the article of the same name as the Title, Click HERE

The Original Article was from November 1, 2004 and was written by Dennis Crouch

In brief, the article describes the unpleasant interaction that a Toy Store owner had with officers from the Department of Homeland Security:

According to the news…..officers from the Department of Homeland Security recently asked a toy store owner to remove “Magic Cube” (r) toys that have the same look and feel of the original Rubik’s cube.

It turns out that the company that sells the original cube, Seven Towns Limited, holds a registered trademark on the design of the cube……

A trademark on the design of an object is known as “trade dress.” Generally, trade dress is thought of as a distinctive, nonfunctional feature of an object that allows a customer to readily identify the manufacturer of the object.

And More, from the same page, but the citation is from an AP ARTICLE:

“John Ryan, corporate counsel for the Toysmith Group, said Homeland Security, which includes Customs, routinely blocks shipments of products from overseas that violate intellectual property rights, such as patents, copyrights and trademarks.

“That’s fine. That’s not an outrageous federal act by any means,” Ryan said. “But we certainly were surprised that a federal agent approached a toy store owner and frightened them.”

Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said agents went to Pufferbelly based on a trademark infringement complaint filed in the agency’s intellectual property rights center in Washington, D.C.

Kice also said Homeland Security officials routinely investigate such complaints and follow up if they determine they are valid.

“One of the things that our agency’s responsible for doing is protecting the integrity of the economy and our nation’s financial systems and obviously trademark infringement does have significant economic implications,” she said.

After gaining assurances from Toysmith officials, Cox put the Magic Cube back on the shelf soon after the agents left.”

The Agents were called into action since: “One of the things that our agency’s responsible for doing is protecting the integrity of the economy and our nation’s financial systems and obviously trademark infringement does have significant economic implications.”

Significant ECONOMIC Implications, Hmmm? I wonder if “George Soros or Equivalent” backed RIOTS would fall into the category? If not, why not? If so, why hasn’t anything been done about antifa or similar groups backing and organizing riots? Certainly the Economic Implications of Riots (not to mention the physical assaults, and it appears rapes and murders) by looting stores, committing arson, and stopping commerce from occurring since people are not able to shop at the stores in the area, and won’t be able to shop at the stores damaged, or burned, until – and if – they’re fixed. And even the stores remaining open, with little to no damage, will not have the amount of traffic needed to run a business, since some purchases are intentional, and some purchases are incidental, people passing by are induced to due to window displays, the name and reputation of the business, and more. If they’re not in the area to buy, those sales will be lost.

So, if the govt is going to protect the economy from perceived Rubik’s Cube Trademark Violations, shouldn’t they be stopping these riots by arresting the people and organizations known to fund and administer them? You’d think so. So why aren’t they?

Inquiring Minds Would Want to Know.

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