Can You Trademark Awareness Of A Disease?

from the someone's-trying dept

BoingBoing has the latest story of trademark insanity, where a "charity" focused on the rare, but apparently serious disease of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), is trying to trademark the phrase "Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness" and appears to be threatening other charities for using the phrase, and (according to this petition) has filed complaints to get fundraising stores shut down for using the phrase. The whole thing is so bizarre, and so far outside the purpose of trademark law that it's really difficult to understand how this issue could have gone as far as it has. But, you have to say one thing for the charity doing this: they have "raised awareness" of CDH.

Filed Under: awareness, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, trademark


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    CHERUBS, 12 Jan 2009 @ 8:30am

    Re: brown65

    To clarify for brown65:

    CHERUBS can be found on Guidestar - http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0geu6cAb2tJ01kBfHhXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTBybnZlZnRlBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2Fj MgR2dGlkAw--/SIG=130c8mt5c/EXP=1231863936/**http%3a//www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do%3fpartner=j ustgive%26npoId=191819

    Our financial documents and IRS letters are available for download on our site -
    http://www.cdhsupport.org/members/dload.php

    Jim, if you are offering your services pro bono to help us stop this behavior, please feel free to contact me. This is extended to all lawyers here. A good pro bono NC or VA lawyer to help end this once and for all would be a great help to our charity.

    Thank you all for your support, analysis, signatures on our petition, and for raising CDH awareness. On behalf of over 2600 CDH families and medical professionals, our sincerest appreciation goes to you all.

    Dawn Williamson
    President & Founder
    CHERUBS - The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support
    dawn.williamson@cherubs-cdh.org
    http://www.cdhsupport.org
    http://www.cdhresearch.org

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