"Genericide: When A Brand Becomes Generic"

Age of Persuasion

This week, the Age of Persuasion looks at the concept of "Genericide" - when brand names become generic. If a product remains the number one brand for decades, it risks losing control of its trademark. Many pioneering brands suffered that fate. Just ask the board game "Monopoly," who lost the right to their own trademark recently. As a result, other big brands are fighting to prevent genericide - like Kleenex and Band-Aid. Their stories are fascinating.

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