Some things stop me dead in my tracks. Not many, but some. THIS is definitely one of those times and I had to stop what I was doing and immediately write this entry to share with all of you. I’m trippin’.
I get alot of questions sent to me through this website – some are crazy as hell, some are basic, and some are just down right bizarre. But when I got this one today, it made me due some research. It was a question that I couldn’t answer.
A fan of the MOB sent me a very simple email that said “I got an email from (Name Being concealed for obvious reasons) today saying I have to quit using we buy houses in all my advertizing because he has it trademarked? Is that even possible and now what do i do? its in all of my marketing!!!”
My first reply to him was “HAHAHAHAHAHA He can’t do that. That’s stupid.” And I went on about my day. At that time, I was pretty sure that I was right. Until he sent me the NEXT email.
Then within 5 minutes, I received another email from him that made me raise my eyebrow. He forwarded me the email that he received from this person. Here it is for your viewing enjoyment (try not to shit in your pants, please).
So as you can see from the above email, this guy is claiming that the phrase “We Buy Houses” belongs to him through a Federal Trademark.
So I looked this up myself on the Federal Trademark website. And SURE AS SHIT, it’s a trademarked phrase!!! I cannot believe what I’m seeing here.
I mean, who DOESN’T use the phrase “We Buy Houses” in their marketing and advertising? And just how far can this trademark infringement be enforced?
Please, share your thoughts and concerns with me on this, and if there are any attorney’s reading, CHIME IN!!!!!