Woman Trademarks Her Name, Says No One Can Use It Without Her Permission

from the copyright-protect! dept

It's no secret that many people are quite confused about how patents, trademark and copyright law work at times. In fact, we've frequently pointed out that it's rather unfair to lump trademarks in with copyright and patents, because trademarks are so different. Whereas copyright and patents are all about a right to exclude via a monopoly privilege, trademark is about consumer protection, and is under an entirely different part of the constitution. Unfortunately, those who favor the "intellectual property" terminology have lumped the three together, leading many people to falsely believe that trademarks are effectively similar to patents and copyright -- especially with respect to the right to demand no one else can use a trademark in any way without permission. As folks like Leo Stoller have learned the hard way, that's simply not true.

However, it doesn't stop some of the more amusing claims from folks who do think that they have extreme control over a trademarked term. Reader darus67 points us to the the website of one Dr. Ann De Wees Allen, who makes it quite clear she has a trademark on her name, and anyone using it without permission will be in trouble:
Dr. Ann de Wees Allen's name is a Federally Registered Trademark. It is illegal to use the name (Dr. Ann de Wees Allen) on any website or document without prior written permission.
She even goes so far as to post a list of websites "illegally" using her name, as well as a copy of the cease and desist letter (pdf) her lawyers will send you. Now, it may very well be that some of the sites in question are, in fact, violating her trademark (and at least one of the pages I've found does appear pretty questionable from a trademark standpoint) but the blanket claim that "it is illegal to use the name on any website without prior written permission" is simply false. That's not how trademark law works. Dr Ann De Wees Allen does, in fact, have a trademark on her name, used in commerce related to dietary supplements, but just because you have a trademark, it does not mean you have complete control of the mark.

Separately, I should note that Dr. Ann De Wees Allen's website has an amusing bit of javascript that tries to prevent you from copying and pasting any text and on doing something so simple as right clicking and trying to open a link in a new window. The best part, though, is if you have javascript enabled, and do try to right click, a pop up windows shows up with the text saying "Copyright Protect!" Yeah, so it appears that not only is there some confusion over trademark law, but copyright law as well. Dr. Ann De Wees Allen also claims to have patents -- though, it does seem odd when you look at her patents webpage that it fails to list a single patent number, but just claims "patents" on a long list of things. A quick Google search does show two patents and one application with her listed as the inventor, though it's entirely possible there are more. Still, giving the somewhat broad claims of what she's patented on her patent page, it does make you wonder if she might be opening herself up to false marking claims.

Patents, trademarks and copyright are all very interesting subjects at times, but it's rare to find a case where someone potentially has confused how all three work.


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    Marcus Carab (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 9:07am

    Wow, I didn't know anyone was still using those functionality-reducing scripts.

    The "right click" thing is someone's ridiculous attempt to block the "Save Image As.." functionality, and as I recall those scripts emerged before tabbed (and even windowed) browsing was very popular -- e.g. in the days when using one website was already pushing the limits of your connection.

    Those scripts belong on pages with animated gifs and starry backgrounds. I had hoped they died with Geocities.

     

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      David Sanger (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:19am

      Re: script

      Not only that, the script disables the scroll bar on Chrome so you can't see the rest of the page. lol.

      Keyboard commands to select all, copy and past work fine

      I agree these scripts are foolish.

       

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      A Dan (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:24am

      Re:

      Check out Snopes. They prevent you from highlighting text in their entries.

       

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        redwall_hp (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:40am

        Re: Re:

        ...until you disable JavaScript for *.snopes.com.

         

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        Patty, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:59am

        Re: Re: Snopse not allowing copy function

        And yet if you use the marvelous READABILITY script (http://proto1.arc90.com/readability/) thingee you can easily copy and paste any of their articles which goes to show how futile such attempts at lockdown are. I keep this on my toolbar and use it to remove all the clutter from a web page - all that is left are the words. One of the most useful inventions ever.

         

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      Anonymous Coward, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 3:03pm

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      Exactly what I was thinking about. I remember typical geocities pages using those scripts and thinking they were soooo clever. You would right click on pages and a popup would say "don't copy my images!". Later, subtler scripts would try to replace the copied text with a warning or append some bogus copyright notice to it and hope you wouldn't notice.

      I thought they died 10 years ago. I used to enjoy taunting people who used such scripts. You could copy their content and send it to them altered, mirror their page and tease them with it, etc.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 9:46am

    Why can't people understand the difference?

    I have a patent on my name and I have to enforce it or I might lose it and if you violate the patent it will cost you up to $150,000 per infringement.

     

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    Rex (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 9:53am

    None really

    This just has to be another pathetic attempt at publicity. No one can be this stupid.

     

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      Kevin (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:21am

      Re: None really

      Oh yes they can. Or how else could you explain our current patent/copyright/trademark framework.

       

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        tracker1 (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 2:06pm

        Re: Re: None really

        I've thought about getting a trademark on my online handle "tracker1" because I tend to use it pretty much everywhere, and have used it since the early 90's. I've also used "aztracker1" when the former is unavailable. The majority of the time I'm not able to use the former, it's been dead/unused or the person using it isn't using it as a global name. Of course, I think it's kind of stupid, but would like to get it as my online name everywhere to represent me as a single person. My real name "Michael John Ryan" is extremely common, and it would be stupid to trademark that. Also when referring to someone/something that is trademarked, you are allowed as long as you aren't diluting the brand. I can say that the Olympic Committee sucks, and Coca-Cola sucks as well for supporting them. That isn't a violation of either's trademark.

         

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    PeteProdge (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 9:59am

    So...

    Is this Dr Ann De Wees Allen we are talking about? Doctor Ann De Wees Allen? We can't use her name, right? What will Dr Ann De Wees Allen do if I were to use her name without permission?

    I guess that would be up to Dr Ann De Wees Allen. I hope Dr Ann De Wees Allen is lenient against me now I've mentioned Dr Ann De Wees Allen's name.

     

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    Richard Corsale (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:03am

    with all due respect

    Mike, I fail to see how copyright and patents are lumped together. One excludes use of an instance of a work, where the other excludes use of an entire concept, irrespective of an instance of a given work. They're both clearly out of hand, but there are few show stoppers born out of copyright, where patent law prohibits competition in many, many areas that simply cant be worked around.

     

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      Ron Rezendes (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:29am

      Re: with all due respect

      He spells it out quite neatly without going into specifics:

      "copyright and patents are all about a right to exclude via a monopoly privilege"

      Both are exclusions via a granted privilege.

      Which part are you hung up on?

       

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        Richard.C, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 11:48am

        Re: Re: with all due respect

        Ok, so how does trademark differ? It's also a granted Monopoly? Seriously, the monopoly aspect is sort of fundamental to all three. TM was never intended to be used to silence dissent, or entitle one to revenue from others using the common words out of context. But it was always a government granted monopoly.

         

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          nasch (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 1:41pm

          Re: Re: Re: with all due respect

          The purposes are different. Copyright and patent grant monopolies to encourage output. Trademark restricts usage to prevent consumer confusion. Kind of like Mike said already.

           

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:03am

    Dr. Ann de Wees Allen

     

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    sonnyz, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:12am

    Let's just call her "crazy doctor b*tch" so that we don't infringe on any patents.

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:12am

    Hypocrite, much?

    I find it interesting that she's using the symbols and names of these business AND the US Patent Office's seal.

    If she believes that using names and logos are illegal, then why is she doing it to a dozen other companies and organizations???

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:15am

    BREAKING NEWS

    Also, her 'Breaking News' section has a link to a press release style .pdf declaring that diet soda is fattening!

    ZOMGWTFBBQ DIET SODA IS FATTENING!

    That's just funny.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:16am

    i have one little question: are people really lining up to use such a ridiculous name?

     

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    Cowardly Annon, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:20am

    So Mike, if Dr. Ann De Wees Allen notices that you've use "Dr. Ann De Wees Allen" in this post and is upset that you've trampled on the trademark for Dr. Ann De Wees Allen, will you post the C&D letter you receive from Dr. Ann De Wees Allen? :P

     

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    DS, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:24am

    Woot!

    "Illegal Use of Dr. Ann de Wees Allen's
    Name, Patents & Research
    Dr. Ann de Wees Allen's name is a Federally Registered Trademark. It is illegal to use the name (Dr. Ann de Wees Allen) on any website or document without prior written permission.

    Click Here to view the names of individuals and companies who are ILLEGALLY using Dr. Ann de Wees Allen's Name, Patents & Research. Please help us STOP this ILLEGAL activity"

    Ha! Her name AND copy & pasted! Suck on this Dr. An de Wees Allen...

    *snicker*
    Wees
    *chortle*

     

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    Chris, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:26am

    I'm going to name my cat Dr Ann de Wees Allen, aka Weesy.

     

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    Ryan Jones, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:26am

    please

    please share the C&D letter and all future correspondence from Dr Ann de Wees Allen and her lawyers. I can't wait to read it.

     

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    J-Walk, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:28am

    Scammer

    As it turn out, she's just a scam artist disguised as a scientist. She's involved in several MLM schemes selling some of her scientific breakthroughs. See this blog post: Glycemic Research Institute.

     

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      Greg G, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 11:02am

      Re: Scammer

      LMFAO @ the italicized post on that page, particularly:

      I am head of the Agel medical advisory board, the Scientific advisory board so anything that goes in your mouth is my responsibility.

      in your mouth.... hmmm.. wow... Dr. Ann de Wees Allen is a nutjob.

       

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    Scote, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:31am

    Watts Wacker has been there, done that

    "Futurist" Watts Wacker trademarked his name years ago. He said that he did it so that, if he chose, he could sue junk mail marketers for using his name for commercial purposes. Doesn't seem like that would fly given the outcome of the Google Ad Words lawsuits, though.

    As a "futurist" he seems to have gotten stuck in the 90's, or so the design of his website would suggest:
    http://www.firstmatter.com/bios/Watts_Wacker.asp

     

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    Shawn (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:31am

    Please assist us in finding and prosecuting perpetrators. If any person knows of any entity that is illegally using Dr. Allen's name or likeness, he/she is urged to contact Dr. Allen's office at (727) 894-6900.

    At least we have a way to assist!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:37am

    OMG I really really need to use her name,, How do I contact her to pay her so I can post her name on my website?? I think I will need it a total of 1 time, maybe 2. I hope she lets me use it.. Oh wait, I guess she actually didnt patent her official name, WACKO.. Never mind..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:37am

    Why do all the whackos

    ...have websites that look like they were made in iWeb in under 3 minutes?

    At least this one isn't flashing colors and riddled with CAPS AND BAD GRAMMAR!

    Oh I take that back, the legal info page is riddled with CAPS MAKING SURE WE KNOW SOMETHING! CRUISE CONTROL FOR RAGE!

    Jesus Christ her pictures are creepy.

     

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    Brian (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:41am

    The letter is amuzing

    I found the letter most amusing.
    "Your anticipated cooperation is anticipated"

     

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    Greg G, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:42am

    Dr. Ann de Wees Allen is obviously quite a silly person.
    Dr. Ann de Wees Allen is starving for attention.

    Does Dr. Ann de Wees Allen think this is her right as a cancer survivor? While I'm glad that Dr. Ann de Wees Allen was able to beat cancer, Dr. Ann de Wees Allen needs to get back to reality.

    Signed,
    Not a fan of Dr. Ann de Wees Allen

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:45am

    She seems to be so concerned about her "rights" that she neglected to check the policy of at least one image she "borrowed". From the USPTO web site (http://www.uspto.gov/news/media/ccpubguide.jsp):

    Use of USPTO Seal

    The USPTO does not authorize the use of either its seal or logo on any other websites.


    Sounds like a snake-oil salesman misrepresenting the laws to stifle criticism!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:46am

    Dr. Allen's Portfolio of Patents span over two decades, and have been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and named "Breakthrough Product of the Year" by Success magazine.


    When I see people trying to hard to say something and show others how they are great and nobody ever heard of them, the first thing that crosses my mind is "scam", but I could be wrong of course.

    Now I would very much like to see try to sue me for copying that text from her site LoL

     

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    SUNWARD (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 10:51am

    images strange

    the image on the breaking news page of a soda can show a wave that looks familiar.

    Please share the C&D letter.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 11:06am

    Gee, ripoffreport.com and scam.com, amongst others, aren't on her copyright violators list and people are using her name there.

    Wonder if the the Dr. is familiar with The Streisand Effect?

     

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    Phillip Vector (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 11:23am

    Ron

    Just called her assistant Ron and asked what the procedure is for getting my name on that list. When he asked if I want to be sued, I replied, "Sure. I wouldn't mind that publicity". Silence for 40 seconds (I counted).

    So he took my info and will give me a call back with the answer of what the process is to get listed on there to drive people to my site. :)

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 11:23am

    Well, it's on the Trademark Application, too!

    I wonder if she thinks that just because her name was on the trademark application that it is also trademarked. The other stuff on her trademarked list looked reasonable...for trademark that is.

     

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    Bruce Ediger (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 11:34am

    I think this is the wave of the future

    I think this is, in fact, the wave of the future. At least some people will be allowed to copyright their names, resemblances, etc etc.

    I mean, why wouldn't some future extension of DMCA or ACTA allow copyrighting (or something) a person's appearance? Copyright seems to have devolved into the granting of odd, state-supported pivileges to certain narrow, monied classes of people. If the USTR can negotiate something like ACTA, which seems to enshrine the legal concept of "idea is property", why can't they negotiate "appearance is property" as well?

    In combination with other legally-imposed burdens like detection of copyright watermarks and DRM-copy-prevention, this could lead to a privileged class of people, celebrities, and billionaires maybe, that could not be digitally photographed. The camera would, via the magic of DRM, refuse to create photos of members of the privileged class. Paparazzi be gone!

    This may sound a bit futuristic, so I hereby grant Cory Doctorow a license, free-of-charge and other limitations, to create a sci-fi story around this premise.

     

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      abc gum, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 7:10pm

      Re: I think this is the wave of the future

      Where is it ... Thailand ? Where it is a crime to put a mustache on a picture of the king.

      You mean like that ?

       

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      bobcooley, Sep 20th, 2010 @ 8:34am

      Re: I think this is the wave of the future

       

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      bob cooley, Sep 20th, 2010 @ 9:06am

      Re: I think this is the wave of the future

      Bruce,

      Actually privacy laws are already protect a person's likeness, and they are beneficial. Commercial (non-editorial or educational) use of someone's likeness is illegal unless that person has consented to the use of their image by signing a release (sometimes called a Model Release).

      So if someone takes a photo or you (or someone famous) is may NOT be used in a commercial manner (advertising, stock, etc.) - without your written consent. The exemption to this is if it being used in a purely editorial context. If its a news story in a magazine or a newpaper, it can be used without consent, and the publication is protected from litigation.

      I've been a publication photographer for over 20 years (not a paparazzi), and the rules work pretty well. Its not likely to change in image arena.

       

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        nasch (profile), Sep 20th, 2010 @ 9:59am

        Re: Re: I think this is the wave of the future

        It doesn't seem to be quite as clear cut as you describe.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personality_rights#United_States

         

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        Bruce Ediger (profile), Sep 20th, 2010 @ 11:15am

        Re: Re: I think this is the wave of the future

        I mean extending copyright onto "likeness", and using DRM to automagically enforce that copyright. Cameras would just refuse to take pictures of certain people, not unlike Windows Vista and Windows 7 refusing to play certain media on certain output devices.

        The "privacy" you cite, which certainly exists, not disputing that, would pale in comparison to the copyright enjoyed by my privileged class. Think of it: security cams that just shut themselves off when a member of this new royalty shows up, papparazi having to pass off very blurry images of celebs/politicians because their cameras would not work when the subjects were in recognizable range.

        Should an exception for security cams be put in place, then Best of Mall-Cop "bootleg" tapes that feature images of drunken usually-invisible Lindsay Lohan (or whoever) would have enormous value.

        At the risk of going off the rails, this is what we get for having a "pics or it didn't happen" mentality. The advent of mass-market cameras, and mass-market digital cameras in particular, means that photographic evidence of *everything* is available. Just like electronic cash registers ruined checkout clerk's ability to make change, we no longer believe without an accompanying set of digital images.

         

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          nasch (profile), Sep 20th, 2010 @ 11:56am

          Re: Re: Re: I think this is the wave of the future

          I hope I misunderstand, but are you lamenting the ability to make just any old wild claim with little chance of anyone asking for meaningful evidence?

           

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            Bruce Ediger (profile), Sep 20th, 2010 @ 12:38pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: I think this is the wave of the future

            I am not lamenting that ability, or the lack of that ability.

            I was just trying to render the idea of "copyrighting an identity" or "copyrighting appearance" absurd. I was postulating some science-fiction consequences of such a copyright. Sorry to be so vague.

            It seems to me that combining "DRM" with "Copyrighted appearance" would potentially lead to people invisible to mass-market cameras, and possibly invisible to security cams. What consequences would that have to broader society and/or people's behavior in public?

             

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              nasch (profile), Sep 20th, 2010 @ 4:09pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: I think this is the wave of the future

              It would lead to some news or paparazzi photographers getting gray market cameras that don't obey the DRM restrictions. ;-) I hope the dystopia you describe remains fictional.

               

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 11:36am

    Everyone post on their facebook status:
    Dr Ann De Wees Allen is a crazy wh0re.

     

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    Caledfwlch, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 11:37am

    "confused how all three work"

    "The medical and research community states that Dr. Allen's science and technology is 'Twenty years ahead of everyone else'" (yes, I cut and pasted it from her website). From her vantage point that far in the future she can see that patent, copyright, and trademark practice, by that time, will end up making no sense whatsoever, so she figured she'd get a jump start on the trend.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 11:39am

    Here's the C&D:


    Dear Sir or Madam:
    It has come to our attention that your website is infringing upon one or more of the following trademarks of Nutrilab Corporation and/or Dr. Ann de Wees Allen.
    Dr. Ann de Wees Allen ®
    L-ARGININE M2 ™
    Trutina Dulcem ®
    Blind Amino Acid ®
    Edible Computer Chip ®
    Skinny Science ™
    Accordingly, Nutrilab and Dr. Allen demand that you immediately cease and desist from any further use of any of these marks. Continued, unauthorized use of any of these marks will result in legal action to protect said marks. Legal counsel has been copied on this letter. If you have any questions, please contact the undersigned. Your anticipated cooperation is anticipated.
    Very truly yours,
    Jeffrey Friedman, President
    Nutrilab Corporation
    cc: Craig E. Donnelly
    Connelly Roberts & McGivney LLC
    55 W. Monroe St., Suite 1700
    Chicago, Illinois 60603
    Craig E. Donnelly
    Connelly Roberts & McGivney LLC
    55 West Monroe Street, Ste. 1700
    Chicago, Illinois 60603
    (312) 251-9600
    (312) 251-9601 - Fax
    cdonnelly@crmlaw.com

    111 Second Avenue N.E. Suite 512, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
    Office: 727-894-0032 Fax: 727-894-6969

     

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      lavi d (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 1:10pm

      Re:

      Accordingly, Nutrilab and Dr. Allen demand that you immediately cease and desist from any further use of any of these marks.

      This C&D is invalid.

      They misspelled "Nutlab"

       

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    Aaron (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 11:59am

    Confusion

    "trademark is about consumer protection, and is under an entirely different part of the constitution."

    Trademark law is not found in the Constitution. It was invented at a later time to help people identify the brands they were buying and prevent counterfeit knock-offs from using similar logos. You wouldn't know that today given that expansion of these laws to include things like individual colors and other ridiculously obvious things has turned trademark law into an incentive for advertising.

    "Mike, I fail to see how copyright and patents are lumped together. One excludes use of an instance of a work, where the other excludes use of an entire concept, irrespective of an instance of a given work. They're both clearly out of hand, but there are few show stoppers born out of copyright, where patent law prohibits competition in many, many areas that simply cant be worked around."

    This confusion and lumping together arises from use of the phrase "intellectual property." Patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, etc are not similar in any major ways. They all have different lengths, areas they cover, infringement policies, and so on. They should never be over-generalized and lumped together. Even worse, the phrase "intellectual property" also confuses people into thinking about these abstract concepts as inalienable property rights, which they are not. They are man-made legal concepts that have become more trouble than they are worth.

     

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      nasch (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 1:52pm

      Re: Confusion

      Trademark law is not found in the Constitution.

      I think this is what Mike is talking about:

      "it was not until 1870 that Congress first attempted to establish a federal regime for the protection of trademarks. This statute, purported to be an exercise of the Copyright Clause powers, was struck down in the Trade-Mark Cases, leading Congress to finally create a successful act under its Commerce Clause power in 1881."

      Thanks for posting that, I learned something.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 12:03pm

    We will be OK

    as long as nobody calls Dr. Ann De Wees Allen a treesniffing nutjob, because that's just not nice.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 12:21pm

    Violation

    Dr. Ann De Wees Allen is violating my patent on the use of vowels. I'm gonna sue!

     

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    NullOp, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 12:31pm

    Yes

    I side with this doctor in this matter. If you are worth anything or if someone can make a dime off of using your name somehow they will do it. More often than not a big company will just walk all over you since you are not a company and therefore really can't defend yourself. So, Good for her! Let the first blow be a bloody one!!!

     

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    Winston Peris, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 12:46pm

    DNS records, Registrar information, etc

    do the "copyright" even extend to the domain name???

    maybe providers, registrars, DNS hosts, etc should drop all records of her site since they are "infringing" the "copyright"

     

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    Tracy, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 1:02pm

    Disable Javscript

    Just disable Javascript in FireFox and those annoying pop-ups are no longer annoying, hahaha!!!! Guess what Dr. Ann de Wees Allen? I just stole your ENTIRE page!!!!

     

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    Gnstr, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 1:09pm

    A case of ducks trying to swallow what swans shun

    I say it again, and again. If you don't know anywhere near enough, don't you open your beak, please.

    http://gnstr.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/the-language-of-kings-the-case-for-patents-in-an-in creasingly-media-acquiescent-world/

     

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    Dr. Ann De Wees Allen, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 1:31pm

    It's her real email address - spam away!

    Dr. Ann De Wees Allen is fucking insane - oh shit, who are you going to send a cease and desist letter to your crazy bitch?

     

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    Jazz, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 1:34pm

    Well, that did it! She made it onto my home page!

    (BTW, Ann, if I may call you that, what the hell is "A Global Leader in Neuraceutical Research and Products"? I'm sure nobody would make a typo on the *official letterhead* but the thing is, I can't find out what neuraceutical means!)

    Hope she sends me a letter!

     

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    Dr. Ann de Wees Allen (for real), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 1:40pm

    my name

    She stole my name, I had it trademarked first!!!!!! I'm sending over my lawyers right now. Also, the photoshop job on her face, well, it is horrible.

    the real Ann

     

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      The REAL Dr. Ann de Wees Allen (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 3:44pm

      Re: my name

      You lying hound!

      And for the rest of you little internet smart-asses sweating over your light-up keyboards in your parent's basements, you are really starting to get on my nerves.

      I'm so upset that I have had to start taking some of my own vile concoctions! Do you have any idea what L-ARGININE M2 ™ actually tastes like? Imagine a half burnt dog with mange slathered in Ludifisk. Just to get the taste out of my mouth, I took some of my Trutina Dulcem ®. Boy, was that ever a mistake! Trutina Dulcem ®, while pleasantly peppermint flavored, is a military grade flatulence inducer, which actually started lifting me off of my chair. In a panic, I grabbed a bottle of my Blind Amino Acid ® and downed several teaspoons between the airborne launches. Mistake again. Now I am temporarily blind, and I keep missing the chair on re-entry. Hopefully, the Coast Guard will notice the wildly varying altimeter signals being transmitted by my Edible Computer Chip ® and come to my rescue soon. I now deeply regret developing and self testing my Skinny Science ™ formula, as the weight loss has contributed to the height of my ballistic apogees and I have now started to dent the ceiling drywall with my head.

      Where was I?

      Oh...

      DAMN YOU MIKE MASNICK!

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 2:16pm

    I'll be adding her name and all her text and content to a torrent later tonight--if nobody else has--by 9 P.M. Pacific.

    Dr. Ann De Wees Allen Effect just isn't as catchy as Streisand Effect.

     

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    abc gum, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 7:17pm

    "She even goes so far as to post a list of websites "illegally" using her name,"

    - Ha ! - Check out the first one.

    "RESOLUTION: July 10, 2008. Nutrilab and Dr. Allen’s attorneys sent a Federal Trademark Notification to Google, alerting them to Randy Gage’s infringement on their Intellectual Property."

    - Why send anything to Google?

     

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    mrtraver (profile), Sep 16th, 2010 @ 7:29pm

    I see what you did!

    The trademark is on "Dr. Ann de Wees Allen", but so you don't violater her trademark you referred to her as "Dr. Ann De Wees Allen"!

     

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    Adam, Sep 17th, 2010 @ 10:42am

    I guess they didn't see the backdoor approach of just going to View --> Page Source in your browser and copying the text from there lol

     

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    a different phil, Sep 20th, 2010 @ 8:09am

    Time to refer her to the reply given in 'Arkell and Pressdram'. See http://jackofkent.blogspot.com/2010/05/reply-given-in-arkell-v-pressdram.html.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2010 @ 8:47am

    The funny part is that the features for copy/paste were only disabled on the page. However, if you go to you're web browser and view the source you can copy and past the material.

     

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    Brian, Sep 20th, 2010 @ 8:49am

    Dr. Ann De Wees Allen

    Dr. Ann De Wees Allen is out? Great, now I need to think of a different name for my new blog.

     

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    GMan, Sep 20th, 2010 @ 8:57am

    I got some of her text

    Now what are you going to do

    Dr. Ann de Wees Allen's name is a Federally Registered Trademark. It is illegal to use the name (Dr. Ann de Wees Allen) on any website or document without prior written permission.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2010 @ 9:01am

    Not that I expect anyone to read this 90-something comment -

    I seriously find it quite plausible that there is no such person. In fact, I tend to believe the only name on any of those websites that may be real is the lawyer.

     

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    weawaawdwda, Sep 20th, 2010 @ 9:27am

    wdawdadwawda

    Yeah liek that means shit.

    go to source code, find url to image, copy paste save done. fuckin noobs

     

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    Jackson Solutions, Sep 20th, 2010 @ 9:30am

    funny

    Dr. Ann De Wees Allen is out? Great, now I need to think of a different name for my new blog.

    haha...this is very funny.

     

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    Joe Szilagyi (profile), Sep 20th, 2010 @ 9:34am

    Date of birth

    What if there is another Dr. Ann De Wees Allen that was born before this one and even became a doctor before this one?

    Not that it matters now, as the internet has arrived.

     

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    MrKillVista, Sep 20th, 2010 @ 10:20am

    A few excerpts

    Known in the industry as the “Alpha Scientist,” Dr. Allen is in the forefront of scientific breakthroughs, including Nanotechnology, NanoMolecules, Quantum Chocolate, Genetic polymorphisms in Dysregulated Arginine Metabolism, Sickle Cell Polymorphisms, Thalassemia, Blind Amino Acid Riders, L-Arginine Isoform Pathways, and Edible Computer Chips.

    The medical and research community states that Dr. Allen's science and technology is "Twenty years ahead of everyone else."

    As a result of her long-term research on the amino acid L-arginine, the medical and scientific community refered to Dr. Allen as the Leader in L-Arginine Biochemistry, and the Queen of Arginine.

    “Part science, part skill, and part intuition. I also credit my savant-dyslexia. A dyslexic’s nonlinear images allows them to think much more quickly and multi-dimensionally. Albert Einstein was savant-dyslexic...”

    A group of top scientists, named “The Dream Team” have discovered the Key Code to a new treatment for Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia, the number one genetic disease in the world.

    Both scientifically and financially, Dr. Ann de Wees Allen® has reset the standard definition of success.

    Dr. Oz says:
    "DIET SODAS
    ARE FATTENTING"

     

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    lol, Sep 20th, 2010 @ 10:33am

    lol

    I lol'd

     

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    Dave, Sep 20th, 2010 @ 11:42am

    This is the best idea in years

    If ever there was an effective way to highlight the idiocy of abused "Intellectual Property" laws to the general public, it is this.

    I say we must actually start a Facebook group of "self-Trademarked" people, and then send Cease-And-Desist letters to all and sundry for connecting to us on Facebook and illegally using our names as they are trademarked.

    Then we should go and download torrents and hope to get sued by the RIAA or MPAA under "Intellectual Property" laws

    So if the RIAA/MPAA send us legal notices, they must first ask our permission for using our trademarked names.

    That's legal protection and wonderful negative publicity for the farcical abuse of deliberately vague "Intellectual Property".

    PLEASE, something like this is publicity GOLD.
    The people really need an instrument as stupid as IP to fight the XXAA, and this seems to be something like it.

    By the way, how do I trademark "Dave" for cheap?
    ;-)

     

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    anonymous, Sep 20th, 2010 @ 12:22pm

    oooops

    I just left the USPTO office know she is using their seal illegally.

     

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    xzen, Sep 20th, 2010 @ 3:39pm

    this is the most ridiculous, retarded thing i have ever read. ever.

     

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    TheKeeb (profile), Sep 20th, 2010 @ 9:19pm

    Red Bull?

    Okay, am I the only one that noticed she claims to own a patent on "Red Bull-type drinks" and "Sports drinks specifically designed to meet the biochemical requirements of the athlete" ?

    So I guess Red Bull can't use their own product, and Gatorade has a massive lawsuit coming?

    What a weird bird.

     

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    Ruben Berenguel, Sep 21st, 2010 @ 2:27am

    I wonder...

    I wonder if I could trademark my cat's signature name Fatou the cat. Obviously there is previous trademark from people (for example the French mathematician he is named after, Pierre Fatou), but I wonder if there is any other cat named for this mathematician (yeah, I work in complex dynamics and my girlfriend is geeky enough to let me choose the name of the cat :)

    Cheers,

    Ruben

     

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    Dr. Ann De Wees Allen, Sep 21st, 2010 @ 4:29am

    Dr. Ann De Wees Allen

    Dr. Ann De Wees Allen

    oh no, i said her name. will she sue me now?

     

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    bill white, Sep 21st, 2010 @ 6:52am

    just do ctrl+a and then ctrl+C
    all done

     

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    Surongolip, Sep 21st, 2010 @ 7:05am

    Quantum Chocolate

    Looking at the source of Dr. Ann De Wees Allen's web site i see in the META KEYWORDS the phrase "Quantum Chocolate". OMG what the fuck is that??? Did she invented it too? Is is something that descendants of King John I of England eat in their family meetings?

    Dr. Ann De Wees Allen, you scare the shit out of me!!!!

     

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    lenny (profile), Sep 21st, 2010 @ 10:03am

    Funny

    ctrl+u work as well

    I can use that "Dr. Ann De Wees Allen" name legally. I'm outside the US.

    So funny

     

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    jb, Sep 21st, 2010 @ 11:59am

    DR.ALLEN

    YOU HAVE TO BE THE BIGGEST ASS!

    LEARN THE USA LEGAL SYSTEM ON PATENTS & TRADEMARKS

    BEFORE YOU MOUTH OFF

     

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    cameron baum, Sep 21st, 2010 @ 1:06pm

    Get rid of scripts with the NoScript Firefox add-on.

    I had no problem copying text from Dr. Ann de Wees Allen's website and pasting it into my own.

     

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    An Aspiring Lawyer, Sep 21st, 2010 @ 2:25pm

    This could get expensive

    Hmm, I need to find out how to be this [lady]'s lawyer. Just think about all those billable hours.

    On the flip side, I might be unemployed in a year or so given that all this litigation must eventually ruin someone financially.

     

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    Parade Rain, Sep 21st, 2010 @ 6:04pm

    Just another scammer

    "Dr Ann De Wees Allen" is obviously just another scammer/spammer. I couldn't find anything on her site that mentioned the basis for calling herself doctor. I assumed it was an academic title, but since she doesn't mention the school or her specialty, it wouldn't surprise me if it was a self-awarded title.

    The list of people she's going after as IP violators looks like it could be a list of scammer competitors.

    I suspect that this discussion and the related fallout was an event that she somehow managed to orchestrate herself.

    Cheers,
    PR

     

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    Dalgo, Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 7:33am

    It's broken!!!

    Copyright/Trademarking.....YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!

    All that time and money invested in trying to stop people right-clicking on a website....defeated by a Keyboard shortcut...When will the hacking end!!

     

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    Christian, Sep 23rd, 2010 @ 11:45am

    Dr. Ann De Wees Allen

    Well, the point is quite clear, Dr. Ann De Wees Allen trademarked her name in order to silence critics.

    Some of her research seems to be quite interresting from my point of view (though I am not a doctor), but other things seem quite retarded to my. e.g. she was on fox news recently saying that coffe makes you fat.

    I think all world should troll the hell out of her, use her name as often as you want the C&D letters she sends are pointless because she can't sue you for saying/using her name in any nonprofit way.

    Have a great time fellow Trolls

    Yours
    Christian

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2010 @ 2:30am

    Ooops I accidentally copied and pasted her website content onto multiple pastebin sites.

    *runs away from pretend Doctor*

     

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    Vincent, Jan 6th, 2011 @ 1:02pm

    De Ann de Wess

    You make a lot of neg. comments about her but you also(as you have accused her of doing) do not name any names to back up your statements. I am not saying you are wrong or lying but please back it up. After all you are talking about a persons livelyhood as well as her repetution.

     

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    Takes one to know one..., Feb 25th, 2011 @ 8:27am

    Opinionated Broke Techies

    .

    Mike, your are what the global elite refer to as...

    "A Useless Eater"

    But don't worry, you've always got your reflection in the to agree with you.

    .

     

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    Geeks Rule, Jul 10th, 2011 @ 7:39am

    Hmm

    A lot of people on here are getting things confused... The TM is not to get users to stop being able to actually use her name on a website. It's so they can't use her name in association with selling/promoting/endorsing something. LOL @ all the people that are posting comments using her name over and over lol...

     

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      nasch (profile), Jul 10th, 2011 @ 1:42pm

      Re: Hmm

      The TM is not to get users to stop being able to actually use her name on a website.

      Well according to trademark law, that is true, but according to Allen, "It is illegal to use the name (Dr. Ann de Wees Allen) on any website or document without prior written permission." She is claiming that I just broke the law, because I posted her name without permission. She's wrong, but that's what she claims. Or claimed, this is an old story.

       

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    White spots on skin, Sep 2nd, 2011 @ 11:59am

    Thanks

    Your post is really good

     

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    Anonymous Jerk, Mar 22nd, 2012 @ 4:43pm

    Scripting of sit3

    LOL, all you have to do is go into Tools/Internet Options/Security/Custom Level and disable "Active scripting" and "scripting of java applets" and then just refresh her page and you can right-click and save all you want. Why O' why do people try to be crafty or smart and then brag about it all over the net...just to get laughed at.

     

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    Anonymous Jerk, Mar 22nd, 2012 @ 4:51pm

    Scripting of sit3

    LOL, all you have to do is go into Tools/Internet Options/Security/Custom Level and disable "Active scripting" and "scripting of java applets" and then just refresh her page and you can right-click and save all you want. Why O' why do people try to be crafty or smart and then brag about it all over the net...just to get laughed at. And no 1 givz a sh1t about her dead-@ass royal lineage in this digital age either, might as well be a descendant of Royal Jelly. It's her @sshole descendants who have #ucked up this world. I wouldn't brag about that.Everybody hates your family, whoever the #uck you are. i have no clue who this chick is anyway, but if fello haxz don't like her, I hate you to I3itch......i'd still bang you though. By morning your @ss better be gone though.

     

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