'Octomom' seeks trademark
Octuplet mother Nadya Suleman is seeking to trademark her nickname – “Octomom” – according to two applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The applications, filed April 10, say that the trademark would be used for selling disposable diapers and for “ongoing television programs.”
According to Life & Style magazine, Suleman confirmed that she has reached a deal with a British company to film her children six times a year until they are 18 for a show that will air in Britain.
"They’ll come by and take some footage and then they’ll go,” Suleman told the magazine. “They won’t be invading my life or my children’s lives.”
Suleman’s attorney, Jeff Czech, said the deal has not been finalized.
“We’ve been contacted by four or five companies and some stations, but we’re in negotiations,” he said. “There is no deal.”
At least one other trademark application for Octomom has been filed. Super Happy Fun Fun, a Texas-based corporation, submitted its paperwork March 12, to use the name for computer game software, toys and action figures and wireless and mobile entertainment.
The company’s website indicates that it has developed the Fertile Myrtle game that requires players to “press down on Fertile Myrtle’s swollen belly, and another adorable bundle of joy will be brought into the world.”
Each extra baby earns welfare money, with bonuses given for birthing in front of the paparazzi, the website states.
Czech said he has not yet decided how to handle the competing application, but said, “Octomom is clearly a nickname for only one person.” Suleman has no other merchandising deals, but Czech said he encouraged her to file the applications to protect herself.
-- Kimi Yoshino