I don't know. Someone please tell me if they do know. However, numerous heart shaped objects and Valentine's Day card ideas have been patented. In honor of Valentine's Day here are a few articles of interest:
- The History of Valentine's Day
- Heart Shaped Patents
- Conversation Hearts
- Gallery of Valentine's Day Cards
- Patenting of an Aphrodisiac
- History of Chocolate
St Valentine Day has roots in several different legends that have found their way to us through the ages. One of the earliest popular symbols of the Valentine day is Cupid, the Roman god of love, who is represented by the image of a young boy with bow and arrow. Valentine Factoid: In the 1840s, Esther Howland (1828-1904), a native of Massachusetts, began to sell the nation's first mass-produced valentines.
Can love be trademarked? I did a search for love at the Patent and Trademark Office and I found eight thousand, two hundred and sixty two word marks alone with love involved. A few of my favorites were: True Love, Make Love Not Dinner, Love and Marriage, That's Amore, Starting New Love Affairs Daily, Luv Bites, I Love Lucy, I Love You Honey, and Love You To Death.
The mark to the right comprises the stylized term "love" and design and is registered to the Apon Record Company. Photo Credit: Tooga/Getty