I’ve been doing work-work, and haven’t had time to articulate further incomplete thoughts about the nature of… anything. But I’m still on the subject of “taking sides”, so to speak.
But there has been some late-breaking news… or at least, cross-postings.
If your knitting mailing list or forum received a request to take a survey at surveymonkey.com, and you are not taking the survey (or you already have), here is some context, after the jump (so if you haven’t taken the survey but intend to, you can try to avoid tainting your answers to whatever extent possible).
Here’s the context. In a nutshell, Purl, the store in Soho, has filed a number of trademark applications (and has some registrations) for PURL and variants; Purl Diva, the shop in Maine, filed a trademark application that was opposed by Purl. They are, in fact, further advanced in the process than the SnB affair.
The opponent put in evidence of the use of the mark PURL. The applicant put in evidence of the generic meaning of purl, and evidence from “devoted knitters” that they didn’t find two shops using the word “purl” confusing. I will not comment further on this evidence, but you’ll note from the survey you might have just completed that the opposer is focusing on the significance of PURL as a proper noun.
* Yes, I know how to spell Perl.