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The Dervaes and the Insanity of the Trademark Office

Who is running the trademark office these days? First, we hear that Facebook is trying to trademark the word "book", now it's the terms "urban homestead" and "urban homesteading", which they have evidently allowed to be trademarked by the Dervaes family. You'll have to look them up for yourself, because I will not dignify them with a link to their site.

Have these people been sniffing manure, or maybe some of that homemade diesel they have in their garage? Maybe the fumes are seeping into their house, killing their brain cells in their sleep. Whatever...they are getting way too big for their britches, as we like to say in the south.

Now they are going after one of my favorite blogs, Root Simple (formerly Homegrown Evolution). You can read all about it in this blog post. You see, the owners of the original website also wrote a book in 2008 named "The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City". I suggest that you rush over to Amazon and buy the book to help contribute to their legal fees.

You know, the world is getting to be an absolutely insane place, when people like the Dervaes can lay claim to everyday words and use that power to pick on little people. To demand that people pay you to use a phrase that has been around since at least the 1970's is such total bullshit it stinks even from way over here in Florida. If you'd like to let them know what you think, you can write to them at, write them at @urbanhomestead  on Twitter (yes, they claimed the name there too). Looks like they took their Facebook page down. Probably couldn't handle the truth. The strangest thing about these people is that they evidently own the domain, but don't use it. How weird is that? Or maybe they don't own it, but are not going to allow the owner to ever use it now that they've trademarked that term, so he will have no choice but to give it to them.

Who really cares about some crazy people in California who own 1/5th of an acre of land and act like they own the world?  I guess the hoopla about them died down, so they had to find a way to get some attention. Let me just tell you one thing, Dervaes...gardeners are NOT the people you want to go up against. We have sharp tools, and sharper minds, and we like to bury things. We will bury your website, have no doubt. You will no longer be famous, you will just be another infamous blip on the internet history of assholes who think they are more than they actually are.

Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame. It won't last long.