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From an email I received:

"United Parcel Service of America, Inc. UPS, the UPS brandmark, and THE COLOR BROWN are trademarks of United Parcel Service of America, Inc."

(Emphasis mine)

Wait ... what?

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@elb There are other colors which are "owned" by companies too, craziness.

@jaywilliams Usually at least they claim to have trademarked a Pantone color or something, not ... "brown".

But yeah, it's all ridiculous.

@elb I'm sure they trademarked the color and stuff...

@elb German telco "Deutsche Telekom" (T-Mobile in the US) owns the trademark for magenta.

@elb Worth noting... Pantone did a study at one point, and found that the ugliest color was a shade of brown that's not too far off from UPS's (a smudge more green and less red).

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panton

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