Today in Pokémon History: 8/1

Sixteen years ago, on August 1, 2000, the first U.S. registration for the PIKACHU mark from the now ubiquitous Pokémon video game franchise was granted to Nintendo of America Inc. for “clothing, namely, hats, headwear, nightwear, shirts, shorts, sleepwear, and T-shirts.”  Registration No. 2374006 was renewed in 2010 and remains in force.

And yes, in case you were wondering, Nintendo currently has at least three pending U.S. trademark applications for POKÉMON GO, so don’t worry.

 By Laika ac from UK (Danshui) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via  Wikimedia Commons .

By Laika ac from UK (Danshui) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.