Reddit “gaymers” – members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community who have an active interest in videogames have kicked the ass of a blogger who has surrendered his bogus trademark claim on the word ‘gaymer,’ freeing online forums, conventions, and indivuals to use the descriptive term without fear of legal threats and interference.
Chris Vizzini, who started a website called gaymer.org in 2006, had registered a trademark on ‘gaymer’ even though it had been in widespread use long before Vizzini started his website and had until recently threatened lawsuits against people who would use the term. With the help of EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) and the law firm Perkins Coie the Reddit gamers asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to cancel the trademark in January of this year. Vizzini ultimately decided to surrender the mark, which was officially revoked this week.
“Trademark is supposed to protect consumers from confusion, not to shut down discussion spaces and the names they have rallied around,” said Zack Karlsson, the r/gaymer community’s representative in the trademark challenge. “We were shocked that anyone would try to assert ownership rights in ‘gaymer’ and felt the term belonged to the public, not Mr. Vizzini.”
So GAYMERS, (Hear that Chad?) grab your joysticks and game on loud, and proud!