Great Moments in Intellectual Property

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These are great days for the Tea Party movement. But could they lose the rights to their collective name?

It turns out that one Tea Partier, Fred O’Neal of Florida who actually had had little involvement with the movement, registered the “Tea Party” name in his state in order to set up his own political party. And now he’s pressing other Tea Party activists in the state to rename their groups because he owns ‘Tea Party’.

And now he claims to have rights to the name across the nation.

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