I’m waiting breathlessly to hear how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decides to handle a recent (March 2005) application by some clown in Hawaii to trademark the name “Jesus Christ”. Here’s a portion of the filing information:

Serial Number: 78583223
Mark (words only): JESUS CHRIST
Standard Character claim: Yes
Current Status: Newly filed application, not yet assigned to an examining attorney.
Date of Status: 2005-03-21
Filing Date: 2005-03-09

Maria, Ronald./K
PO Box 2868 89226A Farrington Hwy
Waianae, HI 96792
United States

It looks like Ronald has big plans to sue everyone who goes to church or prints a bible. I wonder if you could sue someone for saying a prayer?