December 15th, 2005

Conrunner Kevin

A Christmas Present from Torcon 3

As most of you know, I'm Chairman of the WSFS Mark Protection Committee. This week, I've been corresponding with Larry Hancock of Torcon 3. (I know that some of you on the T3 board are reading this.) T3 is ready to pay its "traditional donation" to the MPC.

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WSFS tries to spend MPC money from non-US Worldcons in the countries where it is, to avoid currency-conversion charges. For example, Interaction paid to renew a couple of the WSFS marks that were up for renewal this past year.

There are six WSFS marks (including NASFiC) that WSFS maintains. It is WSFS policy to pursue mark registration in those countries that have hosted two or more Worldcons, with priority being roughly inversely proportional to the number of Worldcons that country has hosted. Thus the priority list is US (lots), UK (6), Canada (4) and Australia (3).

According to Ken Smookler, the MPC appointee from Torcon 3, registering a service mark in Canada costs C$500 each. I asked Larry if T3 might be interested in donating more than their traditional donation, in order to fund the registration of all six WSFS marks. A few days later, he came back and said the T3 Board was interested.

This is excellent news. I'm now working with T3 and Ken Smookler (whose appointment to the MPC lapsed last year but who we've made "Agent for Canada" so he can represent the MPC's interests) to get the money issued. Ken says he'll be able to work on the mark filings early next year.

I'm grateful that T3 is going to help WSFS like this.