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#Samson : Oldest live #trademark at the #USPTO comes without the matching .com #domain name

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SAMSON, the oldest continuously registered trademark at the USPTO, has been live since 1884. It depicts Samson slaying a lion. The SAMSON mark was issued for use with cords, lines, and ropes.

Source: Erik Pelton.

The trademark application, which was naturally made on good old paper, was issued to Samson Ocean Systems, Inc. – a Delaware corporationon May 27, 1884.

Samson – Oldest live trademark at the USPTO

Eventually, the corporation changed its name to Samson Cordage Works, and the Trademark Act of 1946 required following with a Section 8 and 9 declaration in 1948, by the company.

Subsequent updates after every decade finally crossed into the electronic era and the use of the Internet. The trademark was last renewed in 2013, and will be once again eligible for renewal in 2023.

Meanwhile, the company is now called Samson Rope Technologies, and operates from the domain name SamsonRope.com. The domain was registered in 2000.

Meanwhile, Samson.com belongs to an oil drilling technology company founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1971 “when it assumed operations of certain properties in California and began an active acquisition and drilling program.”

That domain was registered in 1994. While the SAMSON mark is famous, there can only be one Samson.com. 😀


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