(note: In 1990 the Monterrey Journal reported that Pebble Beach's lawyer, Kerry C. Smith, said "The image of the tree has been trademarked by us," and that it intended to control any display of the cypress for commercial purposes. The company had warned photographers that "they cannot even use existing pictures of the tree for commercial purposes." source: wiki)
In 1990, we trademark trees, in 2008 we trademark the name of God, and in 2009 we trademark food (Hainanese chicken rice, laksa, chilli crab, nasi kandar, and nasi lemak). What next?