A Rodenticide By Any Other Name


A Chinese pharmaceutical company wants to tag its line of rat poisons "Zheng Xiaoyu," which also happens to be the name of the former director of the State Food and Drug Administration. But China's trademark czars aren't having it:

China's Xinhua news agency said that the national trademark administrator had rejected the application.

"It is against China's trademark laws to use a name that has adverse effects on society as a trademark," the agency quoted official sources as saying.