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What’s The Deal With All The Cocky Talk?

You may have seen all kinds of talk about the word “cocky” in the World of Romance social media.

Why?

It’s been reported that indie author, Faleena Hopkins, has trademarked her book’s titles and series. More specifically, she’s trademarked the word “Cocky” when used in the title or series title of a romance book.

Yeah… Apparently, the US Trademark office has decided this is OK.

And yeah… The author’s lawyer is reportedly contacting other authors whose books or series titles include the word “cocky” published after her first usage of the word on June 16, 2016.

The lawyers at RWA are reported to be taking up the cases of all authors who have been requested to change their book titles because they include the word “Cocky.”

I can’t confirm that this is the actual correspondence from Hopkins’s lawyer, but this might help explain some of the issues swarming the World of Romance socials:

As of this morning, we are aware of at least two authors who have written a book who decided not to fight to keep the original title. Shameless Book Con 2018 author, TL Smith, and her co-writer Melissa Jane, published a book titled Cocky Fiancé on December 1, 2017.

Just in the last few days, they have revealed that the new title of the book along with a new cover: Arrogant Fiancé. (You may still see the cover with the title “Cocky” because the internet is weird and doesn’t update immediately. Just as I’ve been writing this post, I watched the cover change before my eyes. Twilight Zone music)

I’m no investigative reporter nor a lawyer of any kind. I’m just a girl, looking at the World of Romance, trying to make it a more understanding and understandable place.

Additional Information

Articles About the “cocky” Issue:

Author Gets Unduly Cocky Over Registered Trademark

Cocky Writer: Romance Author Faleena Hopkins Trademarks ‘Cocky’ and Tries to Shut Down Others Using the Word

Author Trademarks a Popular Word in Book Titles – What Does It Mean?

Word Mark COCKY
Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: A series of downloadable e-books in the field of romance. FIRST USE: 20170605. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20170605IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: A series of books in the field of romance. FIRST USE: 20170904. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20170904
Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM

via US Patent and Trademark Office

Word Mark COCKY
Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: A series of downloadable e-books in the field of romance. FIRST USE: 20160616. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20160616IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: A series of books in the field of romance. FIRST USE: 20160616. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20160616
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK

via US Patent and Trademark Office

Trademark Class 9

What the hell does all of this mean?

I have no idea.

Does this mean you should never use the word “Cocky” in the title of your book? Don’t ask me.

Should you go out and troll the author who trademarked an adjective? No. You should educate and think for yourself before you go on rants and disparage anyone. Butthurt does no one any good.

Want to support authors who dare – or have dared – to use the word “Cocky” in their book titles? We’re all for that!

Hi. My name is Angie, and I’m a social-media-and-smut-book-reading addict. Hi…Angie… I’ve been working hard on the magical internet since 2006 when I retired from teaching elementary school to stay at home with my two baby girls. Now, I am a smut peddler. You can follow my nonsense on Twitter and Facebook. Simply, I’m just a girl, looking at the book world, asking it to love her.

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3 thoughts on “What’s The Deal With All The Cocky Talk?

  1. Sharon Fullen

    This is a prime example of the lack of qualified attorneys within the various agencies dealing with copyrights, patents and trademarks (intellectual properties). The problem has been around for decades and has resulted in a variety of inaccurate and in this case, cocky decisions.

    It is difficult and very costly to appeal and fight these decisions so hopefully together authors can overturn this flawed precedent.

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