The Donald and Daughter: Agreeing to Disagree?
Funny, we thought Donald Trump gave his daughter her name. And now he doesn't want her to use it?
Or so it appears in records of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, exactly the place you expect to find simmering VIP gossip. According to public filings, Ivanka Trump recently withdrew applications to trademark her own name after her father/boss signaled his intent to oppose her effort.
The younger Trump (once a Georgetown undergrad) serves as VP of her father's company and appeared alongside him as a judge on recent seasons of "The Apprentice" -- but clearly has ambitions of her own. In 2006, she applied to trademark "Ivanka Trump" in connection with jewelry, watches and various decorative knickknacks. But when she sought to trademark her full name for real estate services, her real estate mogul dad responded by asking for a 90-day extension "to oppose for good cause."
There must have been some behind-the-scenes discussions, because Ivanka last month dropped the real estate trademark application. The trademark on the girly products proceeded without opposition, though, as has her move to trademark plain old "Ivanka" for real estate purposes.
These kinds of disputes are not unusual within big-name families, said D.C. trademark attorney Joseph D. Lewis of Barnes & Thornburg. "What's unusual here is that she works for him." Reps for the Trumps did not respond by press time.
'It's Academic': Celebrity Q&A
Are you smarter than a high schooler? "It's Academic," NBC4's venerable Saturday morning quiz show, is spicing up the spring playoffs with some VIP cameos that will run through the end of the current season. Here are some of the bold-facers and the questions they pose (via video) to the show's whiz kids:
Clarence Thomas: The Supreme Court that met in 1790 had two-thirds the number of justices as there are on the current court. What was that number?
Margaret Spellings: As part of our Education Initiatives project, students are encouraged to learn foreign languages -- including what language spoken in Pyongyang and Seoul?
Cal Ripken: The first U.S. president to throw out the first ball on Opening Day was what 27th chief executive, a Republican from Ohio?
Lynda Carter: The female character who becomes Wonder Woman has what first name that identifies the Roman goddess of the hunt?
Answers: Six; Korean; William H. Taft; Diana.
· Engaged: Ashlee Simpson, 23, and Pete Wentz, 28. The singer/reality star/younger sister of Jessica has been dating the Fall Out Boy bassist for about a year and a half. This is totally gonna work. "We consider this to be a very private matter, and we wanted to be the first to tell you," Simpson posted in a message to fans on the Internet.
Randi Rhodes, the talk-show host suspended from Air America last week for calling Hillary Clinton"a big [expletive] whore" and similarly insulting other public figures, has quit the liberal radio network. Sources inside the organization said they had expected to put Rhodes, one of their best-known names, back on the air after an apology but that she had refused to say she was sorry.
Still haven't been to D.C.'s newish Madame Tussauds wax museum? Well, here's another reason to continue avoiding it: a super-creepy rendition of Pope Benedict XVI appearing to celebrate his birthday in the increasingly weird Oval Office tableau, in which George W. Bush, Barack Obama and the Clintons are now wearing party hats. Sacrilegious -- or just plain wrong ? Complain to them, not us!