HelloMetro has also won trademark approval for the term Hyperlocal. HelloMetro now uses the term to describe their search results on HelloLocal.com and hopes to maximize the term in the internet advertising space.
If the industry isn't careful, even more of these widely used terms could also become trademarked. Earlier this year, we learned that Jason Gambert applied to trademark 'SEO.' Many marketers took the opportunity to address the U.S. Patent office in order to derail the effort.
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