Did you see the story about the taco restaurant that got sued over its name? Juan Ramos opened his store named Taco Chon’s in 2019. Three years later, a chain named Taco John’s learned about this small business and sued Mr Ramos for trademark infringement. The suit demands that they stop using the Taco Chon’s name; pay triple the profits they had earned since 2019; and pay Taco John’s legal fees. Taco John’s claims it is merely trying to stop Taco Chon’s from confusing customers. Taco Chon’s claims that Taco John’s is being a trademark bully. I think Taco Chon’s will be forced to change its name and start over from scratch.
I see this story all the time. Clients are often referred to me after they receive a demand letter. While I can certainly help navigate clients through these rough patches, I am far more effective for clients who see me before they attract bad attention.
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Please stop relying on acts that have nothing to do with brand protection. Having your name registered with the secretary of state does not matter in this world. Having a url, a business license or a name created by a professional branding agency also does not matter. Your only remedy is brand protection.
This is a tough lesson for a small business. I want to prevent you from being next.