Cocky Controversy in the Romance Realm

Self-published romance author Faleena Hopkins recently filed a lawsuit (Hop Hop Productions, Inc. et al v. Kneupper et al.) against parties who she claims infringed on her registered trademark (U.S. Trademark No. 54/478,36) of the word “cocky” in her book titles, which include Cocky Roomie and Cocky Heart Surgeon. Obtaining a trademark registration for such a common word has caused controversy throughout online literary communities. Because many self-published authors have limited funds, being required to revise all marketing materials can be devastating, and “cocky” in particular is commonly used in