Fox News Channel has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Al Franken (of SNL fame) over the title of his upcoming book, “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.” Fox News registered “Fair & Balanced” as a trademark in 1995, so the suit seeks to force Penguin to rename the book.
I’m shocked and awed. Wait, that’s owned by Sony. No, they backed down after the bad press. So who does own it? According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, 27 out of the 28 original requests for the trademark are still active. (Just search for “Shock and Awe”.)