Talk:Harmless Junk, Inc.

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[edit] Trademark Information

After a quick search (with "Harmless Junk, Inc" in the "Search Term:" field and "Owner Name and Address" in the "Field:" field) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office website, I was able to find the following:

	Serial Number 	Reg. Number 	Word Mark 	 Check Status 	Live/Dead
1 	78382974 	 	        CHEAP AS FREE 	 TARR 	        LIVE
2 	76502436 			                 TARR 	        LIVE
3 	76481419 	2859529 	HOMESTAR RUNNER  TARR 	        LIVE
4 	76481416 	2859528 		         TARR 	        LIVE
5 	76502438 		        THE CHEAT 	 TARR 	        LIVE
6 	76502437 		        MARZIPAN 	 TARR 	        DEAD
7 	76481418 			                 TARR 	        LIVE
8 	76566454 		        HR 	         TARR 	        LIVE
9 	76502440 			                 TARR 	        LIVE
10 	76481417 		        STRONG BAD 	 TARR 	        LIVE

I'm no lawyer, but I don't see the date of September 24, 2004 when I go into the individual page for The Cheat. The filing date for The Cheat was March 31, 2003 and the Published for Opposition date was May 25, 2004. I've removed the trademark claim from the page, pending further research. -- Tom 17:03, 18 Oct 2004 (MST)

Upon further review, I've found that one of the unmarked Serial Numbers above (76502436) was for a drawing of The Cheat and was published for opposition on September 28, 2004. Of couse, I still don't know what that means. I'm thinking it would be great to have all of these listed on the page though, if someone who knows what they are doing would like to take a stab at it, that'd be great. -- Tom 17:30, 18 Oct 2004 (MST)

When a trademark is applied for, part of the process is to have the text or graphics printed in a journal for companies and individuals to review. This ensures that if another company is using a trademark previous to another companies filing, the first company will get preferred status. This is known as "Published for Opposition." Unlike a patent, which cannot be revealed publicly before filing, a trademark must be in use before an application can be completed. - Dr Haggis - Talk 18:38, 10 Jan 2005 (MST)

Ah ha. Very interesting indeed. -- Tom 19:29, 11 Jan 2005 (MST)

[edit] Google Local

I went on Google Local and typed in the address for Harmless Junk, Inc. It turns out that there is a normal, suburban house at that address. House of The Brothers Chaps, prehaps? (Rhyming not intended) Has Matt? (talk) 01:37, 20 February 2006 (UTC)

Possibly. Here's a satelite picture. -AtionSong 14:53, 20 February 2006 (UTC)
Further research on Local finds that typing in the address will yield a link to the homepage. However, this contradicts their statement in the Flashforward interview saying they live in Decatur, Georgia. This is getting confusing. Has Matt? (talk) 03:07, 26 February 2006 (UTC)
According to this, there are two locations, one in Dunwoody, one in Decatur. --Jnelson09 19:45, 19 March 2007 (UTC)
Update: The same link above leads only to the Decatur location, which fits the description of "depressing strip mall" discussed in the Georgia Tech chat. --Jnelson09 01:57, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

[edit] Phone Number?

Can anybody back this up? Thunderbird 14:36, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

Sure is. Check here. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 15:24, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

Actually, both of the numbers, the alternate number and the one currently listed, are registered to Chapman, Donald R. --Jnelson09 19:38, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

[edit] T-Shirt start date

Compare the date for beginning to sell t-shirts here with the one here. I'm more included to belive the store started in 2001 as well. Can anybody back up the 2000 date? Thunderbird 16:09, 11 March 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Correct Address

Which is the correct address? The "5675 Durrett Ct" address appears more frequently, and is on the US trademark pages. However, a Google search for "Harmless Junk" "888421" brings up only here and a couple fansites. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 16:58, 11 March 2006 (UTC)

The Decatur address is for a store tucked next to a bowling alley inside a strip mall. All the glass is frosted, and it has two doors, one marked "BUSINESS" and the other "PLEASURE". Nobody was there when I went by, but I could see the box for the "G.I. Joe Mobile Commando" something or other pressed against the glass. I could also faintly make out outlines of brightly colored toys. The Adjacent Stairwell has a directory that lists "Harmless Junk" Between a Dentists' Office and a Watch Repair place.

[edit] WIPO

The three websites in the case that Harmless Junk filed...

Two of them: and, were removed., however, redirects to another webpage...just a thought. -- Foxtrotblues 00:10, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

Hmm... whois claims it ( is owned by Harmless Junk, Inc... maybe they just never changed the DNS whatevers. In fact, is still there too, it just redirects to a site that no longer exists. doesn't exist in the DNS any more. --phlip TC 01:03, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

[edit] List of registered domain names

I think it would be good to have a list of registered domain names section (along with dates and stuff) in this page. As far as I know, videlectrix, thoraxcorp and are all registered, but are there other domain names registered under their name? These are also listed here. --Stux 19:04, 6 June 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Cancelled Trademarks

I just updated the statuses of all trademarks cancelled in 2012. This can be considered another sign that the Brothers Chaps are through with the Homestar franchise... --Raddaluigi 07:36, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

Where did this information come from? — Defender1031*Talk 11:57, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
Never mind, the links are right next to them on the page. — Defender1031*Talk 12:01, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

[edit] "HomestarRunner®" in camelcase

On the back of the Strong Bad Sings vinyl, there's small copyright text reading: "HomestarRunner® Property of Harmless Junk, Inc. © 2020. All Rights Reserved". This is interesting as I don't recall ever seeing camelcase before - either "" or "Homestar Runner". You can see this in the (low-res) image from Discogs. Interestingly there is also a stylized "homestar" with a space printed on the back! Anyways - not sure if this is notable (or if this is the right page to mention it - I chose here because of its context as a copyright b/w HJI) but I thought I oughta share. -- Bleu Ninja 16:35, 4 June 2021 (UTC)

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