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OTRC: Sarah and Bristol Palin's trademark applications rejected

Sarah Palin appears in an undated photo posted on her Facebook page on September 4, 2009. (facebook.com/sarahpalin)

Sarah Palin's efforts to have her and her daughter Bristol's names trademarked were rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently because the forms did not include written consent from the applying parties, according to reports.

The applications to trademark their full names for "motivational speaking services" were filed on November 5 by the Palin's attorney, Thomas Van Flein. Sarah Palin has since taken on attorney John Tiemessen to take over the effort.

If the forms are properly filled out and re-submit, Sarah and Bristol Palin could become registered trademarks. The report says it is uncommon for politicians to formerly trademark their names because they are "generally not associated with commercially valuable products or services."

Sarah Palin's application listed her public speaking as relating to the fields of "politics, culture, business and values" while Bristol Palin's forms listed the 20-year-old single mother and former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant as a motivational speaker "in the field of life choices."

Bristol Palin recently voiced her frustration with being uninvited to speak about abstinence at Washington University.

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