When a Trademark Is a Bad Idea


I’m just back from the HubSpot #Inbound19 conference. This year 25,000 people convened in Boston to learn about inbound marketing, sales, and customer support. A Google search returns more than 50 million hits for the term “inbound marketing” coined by HubSpot, but not trademarked. Would millions of people be talking about inbound marketing if HubSpot had claimed this phrase as their own with a trademark and not let others freely use the term?

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