3 Reasons Why BFI's Supplemental Trademark is a Very Bad Idea
- This publically funded trademark serves no legitimate public purpose.
- "Supplemental" trademarks are subject to abuse.
For example, BFI attempted what some refer to as "trademark bullying" by implying that BFI has an enforceable "need." It clearly does not (see links below). Here is BFI in an email to a private safe biking advocate
“Please be aware that our organization has trademarked the name Bike Florida (see attached) and
I am hoping we can resolve this without the need for legal action." (Executive Director, Bike Florida, Inc.).
Note: sometimes the mere mention of "legal action" does the job.
And few people realize that a "supplemental trademark" (primarily intended for international trade) is
impossible to defend as implied (see "When a Trademark is Not a Trademark" and other links below).
Nevertheless, it does give BFI "standing," or the ability to sue
(regardless of merit) in Federal Court! (See complete email exchange at bottom of See for Yourself.)
- Imagine if ... all Specialty License Plate programs followed the same
trademark practices as does Bike Florida, Inc., government-funded intimidation with no public purpose!
Who To Contact... see numerous ways to make yourself heard near bottom of home page.
Questions and comments are invited: mail@MyBikeSafetyMission.com
*"Supplemental Registration provides no evidence of trademark rights in the registered term in a court proceeding"
(Wikipedia link below).
Resources… Supplemental Trademarks:
"Supplemental Registration provides no evidence of trademark rights..."