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Protester hopes to trademark 'Occupy' name

NEW YORK (CNN) – Occupy Wall Street protesters have been railing against corporate greed in New York for more than a month. Now, one protester wants to trademark the name.

"If it's trademarkable, someone's going to trademark it, and why not me?" asked protester Robert Maresca.

Maresca is attempting to trademark his T-shirts in hopes of getting his message out and in order to support the Occupy Wall Street protests.

"I made these T-shirts, just a few on the first day, and then I made about 20 on the second day," Maresca said.  "Then I realized it's not very good to smell these fumes, so then I decided that I should get in touch with a silk-screener."

Amazon is full of merchandise with the "Occupy" slogan. An e-bay search for "Occupy Wall Street" brings up nearly 5,000 results.

"One would argue, on the one hand, that it's just common words," said trademark attorney, Richard Roth. "It's in the public domain, it's just descriptive, but it does have a little ring to it that may very well pass muster with the trademark office."

At Zuccotti Park, there's overwhelming sentiments against owning the "Occupy Wall Street" trademark.

"I think it's something that belongs to the people, and it's unnecessary to trademark it," said a protester.

"It's a bit hypocritical, and you know, it kind of counteracts why we're here," said another protester.

Maresca insists he does not want to profit from it and promises to funnel the money back to the movement.

"I'm not going to say I had this big giant business plan in my head, all I knew is I was getting sick off of smelling fumes," Maresca said.

Maresca says if he is awarded the trademark, he does not mind selling it to "Occupy Wall Street" for $1.

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