To Skim or Not to Skim?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by pixelpixi, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    I'm an airstripping advocate :D
  2. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Sounds to much like degassing and that is an entire different cup o soup that will not help :p Now Foam Fractioning sounds like it looks and works :lol:
  3. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    since we are in CA, we should strongly consider The Foaminator!!!
  4. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    But that's a great brand name and not so much a good descriptive name of the process :lol:
  5. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    I know what air guitar is...

    But air stripping?

  6. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    wait for it...wait for it...

    skimming -->foaminating
    cone skimmer-->cone foaminator

    oh yeah!!!
  7. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Tony FTW!

    /thread over
  8. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    No need. Randy Savage pretty much ends it.

    There's only one above that...

  9. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    So would Dow sue if we said it had scrubbing bubbles? :D
  10. miles405

    miles405 Guest

    No pole?
  11. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Maybe go with skrubin bubbles would be far enough away? :)
  12. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    hmmm depends how litigious they happen to be... I mean someone like Apple, they'll sue a high school because their symbol is an apple with a bite chopped out of it.

    Of course then the other side is you might get a newbie who screams "I sprayed a whole can of scrubbing bubbles into my tank because it's too damn much for the plastic one, and it killed all my fish"
  13. patrickb

    patrickb Supporting Member

    From a trademark attorney:
    Words that sound like a trademarked word are infringing. Therefore, MackDawnawldz would infringe on McDonalds.
    Its off topic but now you know!
  14. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Patrick, are you the TM attorney? If so, what about them being in different uses, IE. human food VS pet food?
  15. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Dear Gresham.

    I SUE YOU!!!

    Bill Gates.
  16. patrickb

    patrickb Supporting Member

    I used to do a lot of Trademark work for a company that no longer exists because it was bought out by a billionaire yachtman recently.

    Gresham--typically your TM protection only extends to the category (or similar category) which your TM was registered under (there are over 30,000 categories by the way). Take the TM "ORA" for example. ORA gets TM protection against all other marks in the same category that it's registered under (probably aquacultured fish). It also probably gets TM protection against all products that are in similar categories--probably anything having to do with fish. ORA does not get TM protection against products in completely different categories--such as geothermal power (see here:

    The more famous your TM is, the broader the protection you get. Take "McDonalds" for example (arguably the most famous TM in the world). It is so famous that it not only transcends the category in which it was filed under, it probably transcends all products in every category. You probably couldn't sell a new LED light fixture called McDonalds LEDs (or MackDawnoldz for that matter) without first getting a nasty cease and desist letter from the Hamburgler and a big fine/injunction if the matter made it to court.

    As you can probably surmise, there are lots of arguments over what constitutes a "famous" mark. Like everything pertaining to legal stuff, that's why you hire the hot shot expensive lawyer to better make your case.

    Well if you're still reading this, I guess that's your mini legal lesson of the day. BTW, there are a bunch of exceptions to this general rule so if your cousin's cousin's aunt's hairdresser has been selling McDonald's Soul Glow Hair Activator for years without any problems, there's probably a good reason why they are doing so. (OK, that example was just an excuse to link my favorite fake commercial of all time--see here:
  17. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    :) I have a little knowledge on it as well but thanks for giving me a run down as there was some tidbits I didn't know. We have to do a lot of leg work to protect our brands, it's no small feat. People assume you get it and you're protected but that is just a small part of the over all trademark battle.
  18. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

    I think that skimmers provide the benefit of making a lot of bubbles. I am guessing that that helps with getting oxygen into tank water. I dunno, all I know is that I bought a skimmer and darnit, I'm going to use it! Actually I have like 5 skimmers.

  19. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Tests have shown skimmers do not increase DO all that much. Well, EB did the tests FWIW.
  20. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    THey did for my oxygen starved AIO tank! ...but that isn't a typical situation :p

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