The Helena IR editorial this morning really captures the important issues in the Senate race today, congratulating Senator Burns for his bold stand to offer an amendment to a spending bill protecting "The Last Best Place" from the clutches of evil trademark:
That’s why Sen. Conrad Burns’ efforts to protect the phrase from being hijacked by a Las Vegas businessman who wants to own it as a trademark are so universally applauded. Burns is pushing an amendment preventing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from approving businessman David Lipson’s request. The measure, like a similar amendment last year, would be included in a one-year spending bill.
He’d like to make the ban permanent in a separate bill, but isn’t sure that would succeed. How would the rest of country feel about such a self-congratulatory phrase?
If you are going to write an inappropriately celebratory editorial about a nakedly political ploy, shouldn’t you at least summarize the press release from Burns you are plagiarizing accurately?
The Burns press release said this:
Burns spokesman Matt Mackowiak said that renewing the ban in yearly spending bills is probably the best way, for now, to head off Lipson’s efforts. A permanent ban may "raise legal questions," he said, and would be difficult to push through a busy and distracted Congress.
See, the reason Congress probably wouldn’t pass this is a little more complicated than the rest of the nation being upset about our name: it’s a little difficult for a government agency to block someone’s acquisition of a trademark, and Congress needs to focus on slightly more important issues, like flag burning.