from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Being about one foot in length: a footlong hot dog.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. One foot long.
- n. A one-foot long hot dog.
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Apparently Subway thinks they should own the rights to the word 'footlong.'
A footlong is the 12-inch hot dog (preferably with that thin oniony chili) that I get at Dairy Queen (and have eaten there since I was five).
Casey's has and will continue to use 'footlong' to describe a sandwich, Casey's lawyers said in their petition.
Subway's trademark application for "footlong" has yet to be approved by the federal government.
At 180 of its locations, Casey's is offering made-to-order sandwiches and is using the term "footlong" on signs and menus.
Casey's General Stores of Ankeny, Iowa, is suing Subway to fight Subway's claim of exclusive rights to the non-hyphenated, grammatically tortured term "footlong" in promoting sandwiches and related services.
Casey's is asking for a jury trial and is seeking a declaration that the term "footlong" is generic and does not violate any trademark owned by Subway.
The dispute between Casey's and Subway surfaced when one of Subway's lawyers, Valerie Pochron, wrote to Casey's on Jan. 31, saying Doctor's Associate had applied for the trademark "footlong" for its sandwiches.
In the letter, Pochron told Casey's it was on notice to "cease and desist" from using "footlong" and remove all references to it or face legal action.
Casey's describes sandwiches as "footlong" on menu boards at about 180 stores, and intends to roll it out in all of its 1,600 stores in the Midwest, Sease said.
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