In TM 167186, a small-scale candle manufacturer tried to register his product under the name Virgin Candles.
Why someone would chose the name virgin for something so obviously phallic? Well the candles are made from olive oil, and ‘virgin’ and ‘extra virgin’ are popular adjectives for describing the purity of olive oils.
Anyway, Richard Branson’s Virgin Enterprises, whose product lines include everything from music to air-tickets (but not condoms, which Branson rather sensibly decided to market under the name Mates, and not Virgin), was not impressed.
Given the large range of Virgin products and their international distribution, the Israel Patent and Trademark Office accepted the likelihood of confusion and rejected the application.