David Friedland, founding partner of Friedland Vining PA, was quoted today in The New York Times regarding a Florida resident’s efforts to trademark the phrase ‘Je Suis Charlie’ which has become a rallying cry in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks that killed twelve at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper.

“Coral Gables trademark attorney David Friedland predicts the application will not be approved because trademark holders must be the phrase’s source.

Friedland says people often waste hundreds of dollars in attempts to trademark popular phrases like “Boston Strong” because they don’t understand the law.”