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Occupy protests inspires T-shirts, trademark bids

 FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2011 file photo, Marcus Heningburg and Kelly Cunningham join others in a protest in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement...
 FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2011 file photo, Walter Lichtenberg sits on a park bench selling shirts and buttons at the Occupy Portland camp in downtown P...

Occupy Profits

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2011 file photo, Marcus Heningburg and Kelly Cunningham join others in a protest in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement...

Occupy Profits

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2011 file photo, Walter Lichtenberg sits on a park bench selling shirts and buttons at the Occupy Portland camp in downtown P...

T-shirts, coffee mugs and other merchandise emblazoned with Occupy locations and slogans related to the nationwide movement are now being offered online and amid the camp sites that have sprung up in cities across the country.
A number of merchandise vendors, clothing designers and others are making plans to market a wide-variety of goods for a wide-variety of reasons even as some protesters decry the business plans as directly counter to the demonstrations' goals.
The U.S Patent and Trademark Office has received several applications from people and businesses seeking to own the word "Occupy" and the slogan "We are the 99 percent" and the like. Two groups are even competing for the trademark to "Occupy Wall Street."
The winner will control the rights to the products carrying that phrase.