Illinois Woman Trying To Trademark ‘I Can’t Breathe’
Catherine Crump wants to trademark the last words of Eric Gardner.
So why is she filing for the trademark? For use on “clothing, namely hoodies, t-shirts for men, women, boys, girls and infants,” according to the application.
Crump’s application was submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Saturday. In it, Crump says she’s been using the trademark since Aug. 18, about a month after Garner died. Garner repeated the phrase “I can’t breathe” over and over as officer Daniel Pantaleo held his arm around Garner’s neck…
Now, Crump is asking for control of the commercial use of those last words. The Smoking Gun spotted the application this week. Crump, 57, told the Smoking Gun that she hadn’t spoken to the Garner family about her application. She also said that the trademark application was not intended to allow her to make money off of the phrase, but she didn’t tell the site what other purpose it might serve.[su_csky_ad]