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Montana Made: A Business Owner is Trademarking the 406

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December 20, 2016View for printing

Smith is currently in the process of branching out and getting 406 trademarked on hats, beverage wear, stickers, magnets and more. But of course, it's not always easy. There are lots of people out to make money on a brand they may not realize is already owned.

"A lot of people do put 406 on a lot of items because they just don't think that it's a trademarked design because they are like, you can't trademark the state of Montana and I say, 'I'm not trademarking the state. I'm trademarking a sequence of numbers and a design that just happened to represent Montana through an area code'," Smith explained.

If you're in downtown Missoula, it's one green light you'll want to stop at. Sabrina Smith is the owner and founder of The Green Light , a local shop that caters to everything Montana.

By Justine Stewart

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Reader Comments:

While I greatly admire entrepreneurial initiative, I'm afraid that this is similar to the battle that was fought when a business owner tried to trademark "The Last Best Place".

It took an act of Congress and a lot of political power to stop it. I hope it doesn't take that to stop this attempt.

The "406" should be available to all.

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