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Entry from March 29, 2016
Ocean Meat (seafood)

Seafood is infrequently called “ocean meat.” “Ate some amazing seafood stew that my wonderful love made earlier this week for lunch.  Who knew all this ocean meat could be so tasty?” was cited on Twitter on February 22, 2009. “Fish is meat. Its ocean meat dammit!” was cted on Twitter on April 16, 2011.

Arby’s fast food restaurants started its “We Have the Meats” slogan with a trademark date of July 21, 2014. Arby’s tweeted “Try something other than land meat in your diet. #OceanMeat” on January 6, 2015. The Arby’s fish sandwich (or “ocean meat") is composed of Alaskan Pollock. The “Ocean Meat” moniker was criticized in March 2016 on Deadspin and The Huffington Post.


Twitter
Adam Lee Staley
‏@giggingwild
Ate some amazing seafood stew that my wonderful love made earlier this week for lunch.  Who knew all this ocean meat could be so tasty?
10:03 PM - 22 Feb 2009

Twitter
Kendall
‏@KenDoItAll
“Fish is meat. Its ocean meat dammit!” @NoWorriesBrahh @DareHeis lmao
1:51 PM - 16 Apr 2011

Twitter
Bev Garvin
‏@UrbanEpicurious
Seafood = Ocean Meat! http://fb.me/15f3IQfL2
9:19 PM - 7 Jan 2014

Twitter
Arby’s
‏@Arbys
Try something other than land meat in your diet. #OceanMeat
11:22 AM - 6 Jan 2015

Twitter
Chris Demm
‏@demmguy
Anyone else disturbed when Arby’s refers to fish as “ocean meat??” #ugh
8:21 AM - 25 Feb 2015

Twitter
pat tobin
‏@tastefactory
ARBYS EXEC: So I hear u have a new sandwich idea?
ADVERTISING GUY: Yes, it’s...*blanks on the word fish* It’s uhh…
7:41 PM - 27 Mar 2016

Deadspin
Some Things That Could Be But Hopefully Are Not #OceanMeat
Hannah Keyser
March 28, 2016 2:44pm
So someone at Arby’s apparently couldn’t remember the word “fish.”

This is the generous interpretation of the fast-food chain’s new seafood sandwich campaign. The correct interpretation is to assume that #OceanMeat is a riff on their “We Have The Meats” slogan, but I maintain that it’s kinder to think that they forgot how to describe those little, watery, cold, legless things swimming around.

The Huffington Post
At Arby’s, You Can Eat Something They Call ‘Ocean Meat’
Though really, is the term that much weirder than “seafood?”

Hilary Hanson
03/29/2016 02:44 pm ET
(...)
The international sandwich chain has been using the phrase in ads since at least January 2015. However, the Internet started taking special note of the term this week, fueled by the publication of a Deadspin article poking fun at how oddly vague the phrase sounds.

For the record, there’s no actual Arby’s menu item called “ocean meat.” The phrase only appears in Arby’s ads, presumably as a reference to the restaurant’s tagline, “We Have The Meats.”

An Arby’s spokesperson clarified that the protein in the chain’s fish sandwiches is, in fact, fish.

Twitter
Mat Vaillancourt
‏@MVLibertas
What is ocean meat? A mixture of crabs and shells?
1:14 PM - 30 Mar 2016

(Trademark)
Word Mark WE HAVE THE MEATS
Goods and Services IC 043. US 100 101. G & S: Restaurant services. FIRST USE: 20140721. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20140721
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 86184806
Filing Date February 5, 2014
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Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition June 24, 2014
Registration Number 4709402
Registration Date March 24, 2015
Owner (REGISTRANT) Arby’s IP Holder Trust the Trustees of the Arby’s IP Holder Trust, a Delaware business trust, the trustees comprising the corporate trust administrator, Wilmington Trust Company, a Delaware corporation business trust DELAWARE 1155 Perimeter Center West Atlanta GEORGIA 30338
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Attorney of Record Ginabeth B. Hutchison
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