It seems as though Cafe Hon/Honfest’s Denise Whiting actually filed for a federal trademark for the term “Hon” in 2004 and again in 2006 while all of us were sleeping.
Her federal trademark application for “Hon” was first filed in 2004 for “restaurant services” which began on April 23rd, 1992.
By 2006 the “Hon” trademark was expanded to cover paper goods and clothing.
Her trademark application states that “Hon” was first used on paper goods beginning on November 1st, 2000. “Paper goods” includes: bumper stickers, napkins, note cards, gift cards, greeting cards, stationery, wrapping paper, gift bags, note pads, note paper, calendars, and pens.
Her application also states that “Hon” was first used on clothing six months later on May 10th, 2001. “Clothing” includes: t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, hats and caps, boas, short sleeved shirts, shorts, capri pants, underwear, ties, and halter tops.
For those of you who have been using “Hon” illegally for the past ten years, it’s restitution time. Turn in those “Hon” capri pants!