Austin calls itself the “Live Music Capital of the World.” To stress its high tech roots, Austin came up with “City of Ideas” in 1997. This newer nickname hasn’t been as popular.
Austin (TX) American-Statesman archives
Ad campaign terms Austin City of Ideas
Date: March 1, 1997 Publication: Austin American-Statesman (TX) Page Number: B11
Forget “Live Music Capital of the World.’’ Austin has a new title: the City of Ideas. “City of Ideas—Austin, Texas, Planet Earth’’ will appear on billboards across town this month as part of a city-friendly campaign sponsored by local advertising companies.
Reagan National Advertising, a Salt Lake City-based company that owns 80 percent of outdoor billboards in Austin, donated 10 billboards to the campaign.
McCombs School of Business, UT-Austin
Austin used to be the big surprise awaiting prospective students. Today, the secret is pretty much out, but even long-time residents are surprised by the scope of the city’s economic transformation—from laid-back university town to the technopolis Forbes now ranks as the #1 city in the U.S. for businesses and careers.
Demographers call Austin a “City of Ideas,” one of a handful of American regions where a new creative class of entrepreneurs, business leaders, artists and visionaries are reshaping the model for American prosperity. Through its economic changes, Austin remains a city of lakes, hills, live music, and cosmopolitan culture. “On earth as it is in Austin” is a favorite local bumper sticker. Live here a while and you will understand why.
Austin (TX) Chronicle
HOME: JANUARY 25, 2002: NEWS
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The City of (Bad) Ideas
By MIKE CLARK-MADISON
Lindsey Eck’s Leaves of Oak
31 March 2004
Live Music Gulag
The Post reporter swallowed the whole tofu enchilada, right down to parroting the slogan “Live Music Capital of the World.” Here’s a clue, Colorado: The city fathers abandoned that slogan in favor of “City of Ideas” years ago during their now-failed quest to culturally cleanse downtown of its artists in favor of a (now mostly empty) industrial park. Nobody else uses the slogan either, except in a deeply ironic sense.
National Arbitration Forum
Tim McClure v Clickhear Productions, Inc.
Claim Number: FA0104000097020
Complainant is Tim McClure, Austin, TX, USA ("Complainant") represented by Molly Buck Richard, of Strasburger & Price, L.L.P. Respondent is Christopher Levy Clickhear Productions, San Diego, CA, USA ("Respondent").
REGISTRAR AND DISPUTED DOMAIN NAME
The domain name at issue is
Respondent’s domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which Complainant has rights.
Complainant is the creator of the slogan CITY OF IDEAS which was originally created for the City of Austin and was highly publicized in the Austin, Texas area prior to the registration of the domain name by Respondent.
Respondent was a resident of Austin, Texas at the time of the highly publicized CITY OF IDEAS advertisement campaign.
Respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in respect to the domain name.
Respondent has not utilized the domain name in any manner.
The domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.
Respondent did not submit a Response to this proceeding.
By agreement with the City of Austin, McClure is the owner of the CITY OF IDEAS mark. On August 17, 1998, Complaint filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the CITY OF IDEAS mark.
On June 19, 2000, Complainant sent a cease and desist letter to the domain registrant, and to Respondent, who was listed as the administrative contact at that time, and requested the transfer of the disputed domain name to Complainant. At some point thereafter, Respondent contacted Complainant and offered to negotiate a settlement to the domain name dispute and admitted to registering the domain name after becoming aware that the CITY OF IDEAS mark was being used in conjunction with Complainant’s advertisement campaign.
On August 21, 2000, Respondent reregistered the domain name, this time under the name Clickhear Productions.
Having established all three of the elements under the ICANN Policy, the Panel concludes that the requested relief should be granted.
Accordingly, it is Ordered that the “cityofideas.com” domain name be transferred from Respondent to Complainant.
Hon. James A. Carmody, Panelist
Dated: May 11, 2001
Austin (TX) American-Statesman
Slogans aside, Austin retains its loving ways
By Michael Barnes | Monday, April 13, 2009, 02:58 PM
Tim McClure, co-founder of ad agency GSD&M and the “M” of the abbreviation, reminded me that billboards a few years back did not read “Idea City,” but rather “City of Ideas.” McClure had coined that slogan, which then-Mayor Kirk Watson admired, but tabled rather than adopting it. The original idea man applied for a trademark and has retained the “City of Ideas” URL.
“Several cities and several companies have attempted to buy or license both over the years,” McClure says, “but I remain confident that Austin will ultimately, well, get the idea!”
I actually prefer “Idea City,” which became the name of the advertising company’s West Sixth Street headquarters. Shorter and spikier.
Word Mark CITY OF IDEAS
Goods and Services IC 020. US 002 013 022 025 032 050. G & S: INSULATED BEVERAGE HOLDERS. FIRST USE: 20000710. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20000710
IC 021. US 002 013 023 029 030 033 040 050. G & S: BEVERAGE GLASSWARE, PORCELAIN MUGS, AND EARTHENWARE MUGS. FIRST USE: 20000710. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20000710
IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: CLOTHING, NAMELY HAT, AND SHIRTS. FIRST USE: 20000710. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20000710
IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: ADVERTISING AGENCIES; ADVERTISING, SLOGAN AND CARTOON CHARACTER LICENSING; ORGANIZING AND CONDUCTING AN AWARDS PROGRAM TO PROMOTE CONCEPT AND IDEA GENERATION; BUSINESS MARKETING CONSULTING SERVICES; BUSINESS MERCHANDISING DISPLAY SERVICES; PROMOTING BUSINESS AND TOURISM IN THE AUSTIN, TEXAS METROPOLITAN AREA; DEVELOPING PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGNS FOR BUSINESSES; MERCHANDISE PACKAGING; PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF RADIO AND TELEVISION COMMERCIALS. FIRST USE: 19970228. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19970228
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Design Search Code
Serial Number 75537491
Filing Date August 17, 1998
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition March 7, 2000
Registration Number 2496620
Registration Date October 9, 2001
Owner (REGISTRANT) McClure, Tim INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 828 West 6th Street Austin TEXAS 78703
Attorney of Record MOLLY BUCK RICHARD
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE
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