RE: [DML] DMC and Trademarks
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RE: [DML] DMC and Trademarks

-------------- Original message from Marc Levy <malevy_nj@xxxxxxxxx>: -------------- 

> In the case of the DMC Trademarks, they were clearly in the public domain and as 
> you said before Mike, "If you let anyone use it willy-nilly, you can lose 
> exclusive right to use the trademark". So, once those exclusive rights are lost 
> (as they were for the DMC Trademark), you think it is OK for someone else to 
> come along and re-claim them just because no one else has?? I don't... 

Then go lobby to change patent and trademark law.  

> As I have said before, if we can agree (or get conformation from James/Stephen) 
> that this is how DMCH came to claim ownership, then the decision comes down to 
> the individual if that is ethical or not. 

Then what?

>(I think we already agree that the  legal answer will not be addresses unless someone hires a lawyer and lets a 
> judge decide). 

Who would you have own the trademark, if not DMCH?  Should it have been left in the public domain?  Whoever let the registration lapse either dropped the ball, which indicates a certain lack of interest (in itself not a good sign for good stewardship of the brand), or didn't think it was valuable enough to re-register - again not a good sign for managing the brand.  Keep in mind, that left in the public domain, anyone could use the logo for any purpose - even if they harm the market for the cars.  And there is nothing anybody could do.  Do you really want to see DMC logo cocaine mirrors?


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