The seal of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center declares “Protection is Our Trademark.” But, is the same seal violating Nintendo’s trademark for the Pokémon Zapdos? I’ll let you decide.


Thanks to Tomas Reimers for catching this one. Previous lookalikes here and here.

Author: Benjamin Mako Hill

Rebel with rather too many causes. And your host!

4 thoughts on “Lookalikes”

  1. I don’t think so. A moron in a hurry could easily tell the difference between the NIPRCC and Pokemon. Doesn’t seem to be trademark violation to me. Further, the bald eagle has long been a symbol of our country.

  2. Considering that the “eagle holding a banner” is used for most US-based agencies, I think this is just jumping at shadows. The eagle in the NIPRC is black and white, looking straight forward, and holding a banner in its talon. The pokemon’s yellow and black, looking sideways, is clearly not an eagle and holds no banner.

    Run an image search for “US eagle”.

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