Trademarks in a Global Village

Multinational companies fight hard to protect their trademarks. If your name is McDonald and you think you have every right to open up a restaurant with your name on it, think again.

But the big boys choose their battles. I have lived in a few very small overseas markets in recent years and I have observed many cases of flagrant appropriation of trademarked images and names. I considered devoting a whole blog to the subject, but I stopped myself after worrying about the possibility that these mom and pop places were being left alone as an oversight rather than a conscious decision.

I have decided to use this photograph for this post because it is from a country that I may never visit…

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