12 popular words you didn't know started as brands
Some companies' products and services become so popular their brand names become common nouns and verbs. In fact, you might be using such words every day – read on to find 12 of the most unexpected examples.
All of the trademarks from the list were once registered by different companies. They got the right to use the symbol ® to inform the public that these names were owned by the companies and legally protected.
Some of the trademarks from the list have already expired – the term of a trademark is usually 10 years. After the completion of the term, the owner has to renew the trademark for another 10 years in order not to lose it.
Generic term: an infant bodysuit
Generic term: personal watercraft
Generic term: a hot tub
Generic term: lip balm
Generic term: moving staircase
Generic term: acetylsalicylic acid
Generic term: cotton swabs
Generic term: real estate agent
Generic term: vacuum-insulated flask
Generic term: petroleum jelly
Generic term: hook-and-loop fastener
Generic term: table tennis
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