Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
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Nothing or a Double Helping

The WSFS Mark Protection Committee, which I chair, has been known to go for several years at a time with little or no activity, usually because there have been no significant mark infringements. Suddenly, in the past few weeks, we've had several, plus the beginning of a new initiative upon which I will say no more until we've moved forward on it. (It's not terribly exciting, but it's a niggly thing with one of our mark registrations which we've said we should have done long ago.)

Without going into more detail than these things deserve, we have had two groups create awards that we think infringe upon our territory and someone unjustly claim a Hugo Award nomination. All of these things take time, energy, and (in the case of at least two of them) money in the form of our attorney having to defend our interests legally. (This means writing polite letters asking people to stop at this stage. Unlike the never-never land in which some people seem to exist, suing people is never a first resort.)

Having all of these things come up at the same time I had to rush off to Chicago to deal with an urgent project for my employer is, shall we say, less than optimal. But I'll manage.
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