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Offline Alexeirex

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I almost bought this
« on: May 04, 2021, 04:43:51 PM »
I almost bought this menu sign thinking that it featured a Wacky Package value meal of some sort!
A no name fast food restaurant - anyone recognize this? No pictures of actual Wackys so I passed on this - but it would have gone well with my diner banquette set...




Offline RawGoo

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Re: I almost bought this
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 04:51:57 PM »
I believe that's Sonic Drive-In, a national fast food chain.

Offline Alexeirex

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Re: I almost bought this
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2021, 05:56:00 PM »
I believe that's Sonic Drive-In, a national fast food chain.

Sonic? I've seen the commercials, but have never been to one -
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Re: I almost bought this
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2021, 05:40:12 AM »
Sonic? I've seen the commercials, but have never been to one -
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I think there are a few of them in most states, and they are absolutely everywhere in Texas

here's their wackypack page   https://www.sonicwackypack.com

Offline roughwriter

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Re: I almost bought this
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2021, 06:12:22 AM »
Interesting story: My brother is an intellectual property attorney, and he knows I'm interested in anything Wackys related. He has done searches for legal cases and decisions regarding Topps and Wackys for me. He saw the same Sonic menu and did some research on the topic. Turns out Sonic registered "Wacky Packs" as a trademark in 1998, and Topps' trademark in the name was cancelled in 2015! Topps needed to file a Declaration of Use to maintain its interest in the name, but it wasn't done. The good news is that "Wacky Packages" (as opposed to "Packs") is still completely protected! Crazy, huh? - Pete

Offline BustedFinger

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Re: I almost bought this
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2021, 06:45:15 AM »
"Wacky Packs" are to Sonic what "Happy Meals" are to McDonalds.
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Re: I almost bought this
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2021, 06:54:28 AM »
Interesting story: My brother is an intellectual property attorney, and he knows I'm interested in anything Wackys related. He has done searches for legal cases and decisions regarding Topps and Wackys for me. He saw the same Sonic menu and did some research on the topic. Turns out Sonic registered "Wacky Packs" as a trademark in 1998, and Topps' trademark in the name was cancelled in 2015! Topps needed to file a Declaration of Use to maintain its interest in the name, but it wasn't done. The good news is that "Wacky Packages" (as opposed to "Packs") is still completely protected! Crazy, huh? - Pete

Items like this sometime seem so arbitrary and odd. I wonder how finely you can slice up "Wacky Packages" and keep getting unique trademarks. I'll see if I can get "WACKY PACKAS" for my new line...










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Offline drono

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Re: I almost bought this
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2021, 07:54:06 AM »
Turns out Sonic registered "Wacky Packs" as a trademark in 1998, and Topps' trademark in the name was cancelled in 2015! Topps needed to file a Declaration of Use to maintain its interest in the name, but it wasn't done. The good news is that "Wacky Packages" (as opposed to "Packs") is still completely protected! Crazy, huh? - Pete

I wonder if Sonic can sue Everything but the House for referring to them as "Wacky Packs" in their TV show.

Offline bigtomi

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Re: I almost bought this
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2021, 09:59:53 AM »
The good news is that "Wacky Packages" (as opposed to "Packs") is still completely protected! Crazy, huh?
Not really. "Wacky Packs" was always a slang, abbreviated term for them (except in the UK) and not their official name. I'm surprised to hear Topps ever protected the name at all (maybe due to the official use of it in the UK).

Offline bandaches

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Re: I almost bought this
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2021, 02:53:46 PM »
Interesting story: My brother is an intellectual property attorney, and he knows I'm interested in anything Wackys related. He has done searches for legal cases and decisions regarding Topps and Wackys for me. He saw the same Sonic menu and did some research on the topic. Turns out Sonic registered "Wacky Packs" as a trademark in 1998, and Topps' trademark in the name was cancelled in 2015! Topps needed to file a Declaration of Use to maintain its interest in the name, but it wasn't done. The good news is that "Wacky Packages" (as opposed to "Packs") is still completely protected! Crazy, huh? - Pete
Not crazy at all, I am absolutely certain Topps has blown it with protecting much about wackys, they don't seem to care at all that wacky packages images are used for all sorts of profitable knock off sets.
Contact me at bandaches@yahoo.com as I have tons of wackys for sale!  Visit my website http://www.wackypackage.com/

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Re: I almost bought this
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2021, 04:14:52 AM »
Not crazy at all, I am absolutely certain Topps has blown it with protecting much about wackys, they don't seem to care at all that wacky packages images are used for all sorts of profitable knock off sets.

Including these, a complete opposite of the mini market:
https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_ssn=tv_shows&_osacat=0&_armrs=1&_odkw=&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313&_nkw=wacky+double&_sacat=0

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Re: I almost bought this
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2021, 06:35:29 AM »
Including these, a complete opposite of the mini market:
https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_ssn=tv_shows&_osacat=0&_armrs=1&_odkw=&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313&_nkw=wacky+double&_sacat=0
Yup, Topps has allowed blatantly obvious use of their images for profitable ventures.  The precedence is clear.
Contact me at bandaches@yahoo.com as I have tons of wackys for sale!  Visit my website http://www.wackypackage.com/