"The hamburger chain, whose U.S. sales are recovering after years of declines, has filed to register a trademark for the slogan “The Simpler the Better,” a phrase that would echo its recent efforts to streamline its menu to speed up service—long a problem for the company—and tame its bureaucracy. McDonald’s submitted the application to the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office earlier this month. The filing doesn’t mean the burger chain will actually use the slogan. A company spokesperson told BurgerBusiness.com, which first reported on this filing, “We routinely file intent-to-use trademark applications as part of our regular course of business. We can’t share details at this time as to how this trademark may or may not be used.” (McDonald’s has trademarked terms such as “McBrunch” without ever using them.)"
Saturday, March 26, 2016
McDonald's Wants to Trademark a 'Simple' New Slogan; Fortune, 3/25/16
Phil Wahba, Fortune; McDonald's Wants to Trademark a 'Simple' New Slogan: