The Trojan Doctrine
Judging from this post, Eugene Volokh is engaging in a Conspiracy to create a search engine monopoly on the term “Trojan Doctrine,” a term which he cleverly coins in a Texas Review of Law and Politics piece:
The Trojan Doctrine, I suggest, should invalidate trademarks if consumers–had they only thought hard about the phrase–wouldnÃ¢€™t dream of buying a product with such an inapt name. One might think of this as a sort of doctrine of Ã¢€œtertiary meaning.Ã¢€ I donÃ¢€™t know what precisely is harmful about such trademarks, but surely there must be something.
He gives several amusing examples, including Rembrandt toothpaste, Random House dictionary, and the product which gives the doctrine its name:
So let us think about Trojan condoms through the deconstructive lens of our equine friend. Here, in brief, is the story of the Trojan horse. Troy withstood the GreeksÃ¢€™ siege for years, managing to keep the invaders outside its portals. But in a moment of weakness, seduced by the GreeksÃ¢€™ deception, Troy opened its gates and let in a large horse. From this horse, in the middle of the night, lots of little men flooded out and destroyed the city.
A fine name for a condom.