As Jim points out, G.M. could have sought a "design patent" for the Hummer H2. (For all I know, it did.) The drawback is that a violation would have to be close to an exact copy; according to this FAQ from a patent law office, a design patent "protects the ornamental appearance of the object exactly as shown in the drawings." The requirements for a trademark claim are not so demanding. (Trademarks also can last forever, while a design patent has a term of 14 years.) Hence G.M. is trying to get design protection it would not otherwise enjoy by pretending that its real concern is consumer confusion.
"I chose to be that guy who didn't issue the apology," says Daniel Elder. "Things went from there and it wasn't good."
And as many as 75 percent of middle income households face a tax increase under Biden's plan, even though the highest-earning households will pay the vast majority of the costs.
Biden's Latest Round of Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Is an Indictment of Federal Higher Education Subsidies
Thirty-five years after Bill Bennett sounded the alarm about student loan defaults, we still haven't learned a damn thing.
But the appeals court wasn't having it.