Woman Spends $17,000 Of Her Own Money To Stop SEO From Being Trademarked
from the now-that's-a-trademark-hero dept
Stephanie Migot writes “Two years ago, the SEO community noticed that somebody they’d never heard of had begun the process of applying for a trademark for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). From the look of things, it was a bit of a power-grab to set standards for which businesses could and could not describe themselves as providing an SEO service.
Naturally, the professionals were a bit alarmed, and at one point there were at least four different oppositions in the works. One by one, however, they all dropped out and it was left to a single individual, who paid the legal bills out of her own pocket, costing over $17,000, to get the application thrown out.
This never should have got that far. But what the story also shows is that the reason why so many dubious patents, copyrights and trademarks live on is because once the sound and fury has died down, there are very few who are willing to follow their opposition through to the end. Also, unless you keep a close eye on applications, it might be too late to take effective action before it’s too late.”
In some ways, it’s even worse than Stephanie describes above — because beyond being costly, it’s often just an incredibly complex process to oppose a trademark or to try to invalidate a patent. The system is designed to focus on the approval process — and not the opposition process.