Catherine L. Crump, Waukegan Woman, Files Trademark Claim For ‘I Can’t Breathe’

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From Chicago Tribune:

Waukegan woman wants trademark for ‘I Can’t Breathe’


Waukegan woman wants exclusive use of “I Can’t Breathe” for hoodies and T-shirts



Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose wears a shirt reading "I Can't Breathe" while warming up for a game against the Golden State Warriors at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, December 6, 2014. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose wears a shirt reading “I Can’t Breathe” while warming up for a game against the Golden State Warriors at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, December 6, 2014. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

A Waukegan woman has filed a trademark application for the phrase “I Can’t Breathe,” words that have become a national rallying cry for civil rights and racial justice in the wake of cases involving the deaths of unarmed black men during encounters with police.


Eric Garner, of New York, died in July after uttering the phrase when police put him in a chokehold. After a grand jury Dec. 3 declined to indict the police officer involved in the Garner case, “I Can’t Breathe” has been prominently featured at protests across the country — chanted by demonstrators, etched on banners and printed on T-shirts, including one worn during pregame warm-ups by Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose.


Catherine L. Crump, 57, filed the application Dec. 13 with the United States Patent and Trademark office, saying she wants the phrase for “clothing, namely hoodies, T-shirts for men, women, boys, girls and infants.”


Crump declined to comment to a reporter Friday after answering the door at her home.


In the application, Crump said she began using the phrase in commerce as early as Aug. 18. Crump filed the trademark application as an individual, and included in her filing photos that partially show clothing with the phrase printed on it. She paid $325 to file.


University of Chicago law professor Jonathan Masur said if Crump was not the first person to produce “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts and hoodies, she will not receive the trademark, even if she was the first to apply and regardless of whether anyone else files.


“If she’s not the first person to make these T-shirts, she’s going to be out of luck,” Masur said.


The trademark application for the phrase “I Can’t Breathe” only applies to its use on the clothing identified in the application and would not prevent others from using the phrase in other materials or goods, or in demonstrations, law professors said.


“You don’t get absolute monopoly rights over the words you trademark,” said Cynthia Ho, a law professor at Loyola University in Chicago. “because that would violate the basic premise of free speech.”

Trademarks are different from patents and exist only to identify particular products with a specific source. Anyone can file a trademark application online. Once filed, the application is reviewed by trademark examiners, who will rule on its merit.


If Crump is granted the trademark, others who produce “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts or hoodies would have to work with her on licensing and pay royalties.


If someone successfully trademarks the phrase “I Can’t Breathe” for clothing, Masur said, “It’s conceivable it could be worth a considerable amount of money. They could make a tidy sum.”


Dan Moran of Tribune Newspapers contributed.


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I am so curious if Ms. Catherine L. Crump will want to trade mark these versions of #ICantBreathe as well…….



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I mean if you’re going to be a greedy racists bitch who profits off the death, pain & suffering and heartbreak of a Black family, why not cover all your profit bases?

The actual trademark application can be found here.


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“I can’t breathe,” the nationwide rallying cry against injustice, may soon be trademarked for financial gain.


An Illinois woman has called dibs on the rights to Eric Garner’s last dying words after filing an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,the Smoking Gun reported.


Catherine Crump, a 57-year-old woman listed as living in Waukegan, filed an application Saturday for its use on hoodies and T-shirts for men, women, boys, girls and infants.


Crump states that she has been using the slogan for commercial use since “at least as early as” August 18 — that’s one month after the New York man’s death.


She told the Smoking Gun that her filing has “nothing to do with the Garner family” and she hasn’t spoken with them.


She further claimed that her application — which cost $325 — is not to make money, though she didn’t provide any other reasoning for it.


Since Garner’s filmed death, which captured the 350-pound asthmatic gasping for air after being tackled to the ground by police in a chokehold, his final words have been used across the country to protest his death and a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer involved.


I’d say the horse is already out the barn and shutting that door is unnecessary….#ICantBreathe is already in the public domain.


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Now if anyone outside the Garner family has any claim to the hashtag of #ICantBreathe it would be Mr. Ramsey Orta, who used his cell to record the video of Eric Garner being choked to death. He was the first to reveal Mr. Garner whisper his last words, “I Can’t Breathe.” He might have a legal claim to these last words spoken by Mr. Garner since he was present and recorded the murder on his phone. Ms. Crump can go consume feces and expire.


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Jueseppi B.:

They are no longer called WORDpress but now officially known as WORSTpress

Originally posted on A Mixed Bag:

AGAIN they have changed something. Now the notifications is completely WRONG! You have to scroll down them, there is not the choice to right-click and “Open In A New Tab” or even just click and open notifications. I am getting sick of all these damn changes. You are not improving the experience, you are making it worse.

Don’t change what doesn’t need to be changed. Whoever has just joined you from MySpace or Bebo or where ever, they can stop trying to make our blogs into a social media page. They are OUR pages.

Are you trying to get rid of everybody, because you are going the right way about it. I’d prefer a different Christmas present than this thank you very much.

Can you change it back.



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Originally posted on Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide:

Chocolate dipping is not optional

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Almond Biscotti

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract
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  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate

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Originally posted on Goan Imports:

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Baked – Pumpkin Donuts with butterscotch sauce (Using muffin pan)

Originally posted on Chitra's Healthy Kitchen:

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Yields-10-12 (small donuts)
Preparation time- 20 minute
Baking time-20 to 25 minutes

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