Has anyone received the message below from a company requesting them to stop using the phrase "We Buy Houses" on their website? Please look below and let me know what you guys think:
This is a friendly notification that during a routine review we identified that you may be using We Buy Houses®, WeBuyHouses.com®, or our copyrighted material in your advertising or online.
Both "We Buy Houses" (Registration 3,149,336) and "WeBuyHouses.com" (Registration 3,235,523) have been federally protected trademarks for many years, and as such, may only be used by license from our company.
We are hopeful and expectant that this use was a mistake and you would not intentionally infringe on a federal trademark. Willful infringement is a serious matter with significant penalties under law.
Because we don’t currently have reason to believe this was intentional, we are seeking no damages or monetary compensation as long as the following issues are addressed within the next 7 days.
1. Please remove the trademark We Buy Houses from your website - currently, it appears in subtitles, text and tabs under "Sell a House" within your website http://angelestaterei.com/.
2. Confirm via email or letter that you are not using We Buy Houses as a Trademark. (in domain names, title text, header text, social media profiles, user names, as a company name, etc.)
The instructions for domain transfer are at http://ip.webuyhouses.com/transfer-domain-name/. Please let me know if you have any questions.
As long as we receive a response and these issues are taken care of we will consider the issue resolved and no further action will be taken.
If we do not receive any response, we will have no choice but to take the necessary steps to ensure the protection of the trademarks.
Should you have any questions about licensing We Buy Houses, or would like more details, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will direct you to the appropriate person.
@Patrick Appau I have received a similar message. They do have a trademark on "we buy houses" which is ridiculous because it is a common phrase used by every investor I know. They might as well have trademarked "for sale by owner" or "for rent".
Have you resolved this with them? I have talked to an attorney and I really don't think their trademark would hold up in court, but I don't have tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight it.