Some people have far too much time on their hands.
Today I received a letter from Peter M. de Jonge, a registered patent attorney for Thorpe North and Western, a law firm representing Connor Sport Court International.
The letter states:
"The enclosed printouts from your website www.inlinehockeycentral.com/links/Rinks/ show use by your organization of the mark "SPORT COURT," in mulitple [sic] advertisements for sports facilities. We believe these uses are confusingly similar to the "SPORT COURT" mark, and they also dilute the value of the SPORT COURT mark. We have highlighted each reference in the attached materials for your convenience."
The attached "materials" show that 13 of Inline Hockey Central's 922 links that use the words "Sport Court" in their description. 13! That REALLY harms the Sport Court brand, don't ya think? All 13 links were submitted to IHC by the rinks themselves; I figure THEY know what sort of flooring they use. Some of these links have been on IHC for five years or more. I'm sure that their existence on IHC has caused Sport Court HUGE damage. What a joke.
The letter cc'd Ronald Yokubison, Connor Sport Court International, Inc.
Feel free to join me in e-mailing Sport Court at [email protected], or calling them at (800) 283-9522, to let them know that any mentions of Sport Court on Inline Hockey Central only give FREE ADVERTISING to Sport Court, and that their letter to someone who's supported Sport Court by multiple mentions of its athletic flooring in the last thirteen years, in Roller Hockey Magazine, InLine Hockey News, and on Inline Hockey Central, is both self-defeating and stupid. Why would anyone mention Sport Court on an inline hockey site if they were talking about Spider Court or Ice Court?!
As a result of this, I will be contacting the 13 rinks that made references to Sport Court on their submissions to IHC's Links section, asking them to delete those references, or I'll have to delete the entire submission from Links. Can't afford to be sued for promoting a company's products for free, can I?
Which reminds me of a couple of jokes...
Question: What do you have when you have eleven lawyers up to their necks in sand?
Answer: Not enough sand.
Question: Why won't great white sharks eat lawyers?
Answer: Professional courtesy.
Question: What do you call a lawyer with the I.Q. of 43?
Answer: "Your Honor."
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