Below are guidelines for the proper use of the VELCRO® trademark, which assists us in safeguarding the integrity of the VELCRO® brand, and helps to protect consumers from products incorrectly sold as VELCRO® brand products.
We ask that you use the VELCRO® mark in accordance with the following guidelines:
1. Use the VELCRO® mark only in connection with genuine VELCRO® brand fasteners. Identify non-VELCRO® brand products by their common terms, including hook and loop, touch fasteners, self-adhesive straps, and so forth.
2. When referring to genuine VELCRO® brand products, use the registration symbol (®) and the word brand directly following the trademark. Where possible, capitalize the mark. Example: VELCRO® brand.
3. Follow the word brand with the correct generic term for the fastener or other product. For example, you might say, Our product features genuine VELCRO® brand touch fasteners.
4. Always use the VELCRO® mark as an adjective, and never as a noun or a verb. When referring to non-VELCRO® brand hook and loop, do not use the VELCRO® mark. Examples:
Incorrect: She prefers velcro to buttons or zippers.
Correct: She prefers VELCRO® brand fasteners to buttons or zippers
Incorrect: He leaned down to velcro his shoes.
Correct: He leaned down to fasten his shoes.
5. Where possible, include a trademark notice that says: VELCRO® and VELCRO® design are registered trademarks of Velcro BVBA. https://www.velcro.com/about-us/our-brand/
I sat through a corporate sponsored show at Disney World sponsored by some company that made Velcro but wasn't Velcro. I think they were contractually obligated to correct every single person who said the word Velcro by getting them to say "hook and loop fastener".
YES and it's one of the most interesting subjects I ever covered in School.
Xexox had issues with it when 'a Xexox' became the default name for all copy/scanner pages.
Kleenex as well, when 'a Kleenex' became the default name of all tissue paper.
Oddly enough, Pepsi released commercials telling people not to call a generic soft drink 'a coke' and instead order Pepsi by name. The funny part being it would benefit Pepsi endlessly if Coke lost brand rights because 'a coke' became what people said even if they wanted a Pepsi.
Amazed Velcro didn't lose this like 30 years ago.
You ever say Hook and Loop to anyone? They look at you funny.
Edit: I did like the song. But come on, Velcro has been used as the generic term for ages and you're just now trying out a substantial effort to protect your trademark. It's too late. So too bad. Same thing for bandaids.
I think they'd probably just be happy to get to Kleenex status, where enough people identify it as a brand to make it unusable by a direct competitor, even though it's not as protected as most trademarks.