Trayvon Martin’s Mother Moves to Trademark Phrases that Have Become Rallying Cries in Wake of Son’s Death
David Boroff, NY Daily News, March 27, 2012
While Trayvon Martin‘s mother accused authorities of smearing her son, her lawyer revealed she’s moved to trademark slogans that have been popularized amid the outcry over his killing.
Sybrina Fulton, the slain teen’s mother, has sought to trademark two phrases: “Justice for Trayvon” and “I Am Trayvon,” attorney Kimra Major-Morris confirmed in an email Monday in which she said the move was not intended to reap a profit, the Associated Press reported.
The two sayings have become like rallying cries since the 17-year-old was shot to death during a still-murky encounter with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla.
The trademark applications said the catch phrases could be used on DVDs and CDs — but the mother’s lawyer indicated their use would be to support those who find themselves suffering for the same reasons as Fulton.
In confirming the applications to the AP, trademark attorney Kimra Major-Morris wrote in an email that the grieving mother wants to safeguard intellectual property rights for “projects that will assist other families who experience similar tragedies.”
When a reporter for the wire service asked if the mother had any designs to make a profit, Major-Morris responded, “None.”