“Black Friday “may be defined in two ways. First, it is day that marked stock market catastrophe. Originally, 24th September, 1869 was deemed “Black Friday” when a crash was caused by gold speculators who attempted to corner the gold market. Their attempt did not materialize as the gold market collapsed causing the stock market to plummet. Second, it is the day following Thanksgiving in the United States (US). Thanksgiving is celebrated and honoured as a national holiday in the US and Canada as well. However, other countries and religions also mark Thanksgiving days. “Black Friday” is often regarded as the start of the Christmas Season and major retailers offer very attractive promotional sales.
Of great interest to Trademark Law and practice, is the fact that the concept of “Black Friday” has transcended the US and Canadian jurisdiction to Europe and even Africa. It is interesting to note that according to the United States Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark database, there are at least thirty (live or dead) Trademarks with the words “Black Friday” either registered as they appear or incorporating other words. Majority are registered under class 35 of the Nice Classification system particularly for advertising services.