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ERBzine News: Tarzan Yell Trademark OK in US ~ Europe Nyet ~ Milton Caniff ~ Apes walked upright

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  • Bill and Sue-On Hillman
    ERBzine News www.ERBzine.com/news TARZAN YELL IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK IN AMERICA. . . . . . a significant example of U.S. protection of unconventional
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 2007
      ERBzine News

      ". . . a significant example of U.S. protection of unconventional marks."
      Legal firm, Fross Zelnick has crafted unique and innovative strategies to protect clients' most valuable intellectual property assets, including the legendary TARZAN yell. . . . The registration was granted, under Registration No. 2,210,506, and is often cited as a significant example of U.S. protection of unconventional marks. More>>>

      BUT. . .
      See the actual EU trademark authority decision document in Tarzan.com at:

      The story has been reported worldwide but the most widely read has been the one appearing in the London Times on November 1, 2007. ERBzine supplied images and background information to the editors. They linked to our ERBzine feature - THE STORY OF THE TARZAN YELL in ERBzine 1482

      Anyone can ape Tarzan as court rules his yell is public property in Europe
      The Times ~ November 1, 2007
      Tarzan's famous cry could summon animals from the jungle but appears to have had little influence over the beasts of European bureaucracy. After a ten-year legal battle the apeman's distinctive yell has been rejected as an EU registered trademark. With a fortune to be made from ringtones, advertising and computer games, the literary estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author who created Tarzan, is keen to protect the sound. But the EU trademark authority has ruled that, although it is possible to protect sounds that can be represented by musical notes, Tarzan's cry does not qualify. The application described the yell as "consisting of five distinct phases, namely sustain, followed by ululation, followed by sustain, but at a higher frequency, followed by ululation, followed by sustain at the starting frequency". It even included a spectrogram of the cry, which dates from the first "talking" Tarzan film starring Johnny Weissmuller. More>>>

      It's A Jungle Out There
      Tarzan's yodel is surely not the only calling card which merits a trademark
      The Times ~ November 1, 2007

      The Greatest Tarzan Yells of All Time
      The Times ~ November 1, 2007

      'The Rembrandt of the comic strip'
      CNN Entertainment ~ October 26, 2007
      * Milton Caniff retrospective at Ohio State University
      * Leading cartoonist created "Terry and the Pirates," "Steve Canyon"
      * His vibrant style was groundbreaking, influential
      Study: Common Ancestor of All Apes Walked Upright
      Fox News ~ October 10, 2007
      The ancestors of humanity are often depicted as knuckle-draggers, making humans seem unusual in our family tree as "upright apes." Controversial research now suggests the ancestors of humans and the other great apes might have actually walked upright too, making knuckle-walking chimpanzees and gorillas the exceptions and not the rule. In other words, "the other great apes we see now, such as chimps or gorillas or orangutans, might have descended from human-like ancestors," researcher Aaron Filler, a Harvard-trained evolutionary biologist and medical director at Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders in Los Angeles, told LiveScience.
      Filler analyzed how the spine was assembled in more than 250 living and extinct mammalian species, with some bones dating up to 220 million years old. He discovered a series of changes that suggest walking upright - and not with our knuckles - might actually have been the norm for the ancestors of today's great apes. In most creatures with a backbone, the body is separated roughly in half by a tissue structure that runs in front of the spinal canal. This "horizontal septum" divides the body into a dorsal part (corresponding to the back side of humans), and a ventral part (or the front half). A strange birth defect in what may have been the first direct human ancestor led this septum to cross behind the spinal cord in the lumbar or lower back region - an odd configuration more typical of invertebrates. This would have made horizontal stances inefficient. "Any mammal with this set of changes would only be comfortable standing upright," Filler said. "I would envision this malformed young 'hominiform' - the first true ancestral human - as standing upright from a young age," he added, while the rest of the mutant's family and species continued to walk around "on all fours." This change to an upright posture could have occurred "very abruptly, with just a few shifts in 'homeotic' genes, or ones responsible for how the body plan is laid out," Filler said.


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