A brand name owned by a specific company
Have you heard a name you recognise from everyday use but didn’t know the brand name was owned by a specific company?
If you have, then it may surprise you how many there actually are. So for today here are ten examples of brand names owned by a specific company:
✈️ Airfix – originally owned by Humbrol, today it’s a Hornby brand name, any other brand is a plastic injection moulded model kit.
🩹 Band-Aid – owned by Johnson & Johnson, anything else is an adhesive bandage.
🖊 Biro – a French owned trademark for the production of the ball point pen.
💭 Bubble wrap – how we all love to pop it to relieve stress. The brand was originally called Air Cap, but today should only be used by one company, Sealed Air Corporation.
💷 Cashpoint – we use the ‘hole in the wall’ however Cashpoint is a branded term owned by Lloyds Bank.
👄 Chap Stick – really a lip balm. The term Chap Stick was originally owned by Pfizer but now owned by GlaxoSmithKline.
📒 Filofax – the 1980s icon is a brand owned by The Letts Filiofax Group, any other product should be called a personal organiser.
📈 PowerPoint – owned by Microsoft, any other software is a presentation and graphics program.
🖍 Sharpie – the permanent marker was invented in 1956, but the Sharpie wasn’t introduced until 1964. Today, the products are almost synonymous with one another.
🐕🦺 Velcro – George de Mastreal invented Velcro when he discovered that burrs stuck to matted dog fur. It’s actually a blend of two French words, ‘velour’ meaning velvet and ‘crochet’ meaning hook. Today, it is the world’s most prominent brand of hook and loop fasteners.
👀 Are there any other brands you can think of that I haven’t listed? Pop in a comment if you think of any more.