Helpful initialisms – WYHA? WYHO? WYHP?

John L. Welch of TTABlog fame has coined three initialisms that have enriched the lives of all trademark practitioners.

  • WYHA? is John’s way, after writing about an appeal that did not succeed, of asking the reader the simple question “would you have appealed?”  Here is an example of a WYHA?  The earliest known use of the initialism is on September 9, 2008.
  • WYHO? is John’s way, after writing about an opposition that did not succeed, of asking the reader the simple question “would you have opposed?”  Here is an example of a WYHO?  The earliest known use of the initialism is on April 29, 2009.
  • WYHP? is John’s way, after writing about a petition to cancel that did not succeed, of asking the reader the simple question “would you have petitioned?”  The earliest known use of the initialism is on September 7, 2010.

I note, by the way, that John’s innovations are properly termed “initialisms” and not “acronyms“.

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