Veteran Rescue Needs You!

Veteran Rescue has openings on our advisory board. We need experienced strong business leaders, CEO’s, etc on our board helping us navigate through these times. These are volunteer positions.

Positions Needed: Volunteer at this time: Military preference: Honor and Integrity a must! Military in good standing/honorable discharge.

  1. Medical Staff: Doctor/EMT on standby at our events we host and programs we operate.
  2. Security Staff: Law Enforcement/Military experience on standby at our events we host and programs we operate. Once ranch is procured, full time staff on site.
  3. Legal Staff: Experienced Attorneys capable of defending our trademark, copyrights, and patents. Able to put together contracts and vet proposals.
  4. Board Members: Advisory capacity: Experienced in business operations, military, well to do, power house. We want your knowledge working to help us really move forward.
  5. Marketing Staff: Experienced person able to handle social media, ads, and event promotions.
  6. Fundraising Staff: Person experienced in grants, collecting donations, and corporate sponsorship
  7. Volunteers: Multiple volunteers needed to collect in kind donations, attend events and perform multiple positions as needed at the events or programs.
  8. Dog Handler/Trainer:  Experienced military person to train and help socialize our rescues. 

FAQ: When will these volunteer positions become paid/benefits/etc? When Veteran Rescue brings in enough funding via grants/donations/sponsorship to do so.

As you know our trademark was stolen by 3 charities and 1 person this year. We can’t afford to let them continue using our brand and profiting from it. Veteran Rescue Mission in Tucson, AZ, Veteran Rescue Retreat in north Little Rock, Arkansas, Mission K9 Rescue in Texas has a ranch called Veteran Rescue ranch or sometimes Veteran K9 Rescue ranch, GoFundMe campaign called Veteran Rescue in GA. All were given cease and desists. One was shut down socially, one Facebook refused to keep shut down. All are veterans. One issued threats. I’m done being nice right out of the box. We can’t afford to lose our trademark because we didn’t defend it vigorously and shut them down.

Trademarks > Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)

Word Mark    VETERAN RESCUE

Goods and Services   IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Charitable services, namely, organizing and conducting volunteer programs and community service projects aimed at increasing support and morale of families of deceased war veterans, war veterans, current members and future members of the United States military. FIRST USE: 20110401. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20110401

Standard Characters Claimed

Mark Drawing Code    (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK

Serial Number    86090496

Filing Date    October 14, 2013

Current Basis    1A

Original Filing Basis    1A

Published for Opposition    March 18, 2014

Registration Number    4543044

Registration Date    June 3, 2014

Owner   (REGISTRANT) Animal Rescue & Veteran Support Services, Corp. DBA Veteran Rescue CORPORATION FLORIDA http://www.veteranrescue.org 628 Chatas Ct Lake Mary FLORIDA 32746

Disclaimer   NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “VETERAN” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN

Type of Mark    SERVICE MARK

Register    PRINCIPAL

Live/Dead Indicator    LIVE

Every charity that began after Veteran Rescue doing the programs we offer, has 2 things going for them that I don’t. They have strong, political or wealthy backers. They are mostly operated by male veterans. One of them is operated by a female, but has ties to the white house.

Veteran Rescue had a lot of changes last year, including the CFC program. The one single thing holding us back is the lack of a ranch to operate from. That must be a serious goal to achieve.

I know we all have our lives to live and our businesses to run. We have groups supporting us with donated supplies, runners for our races, and sponsors for our runners. We are no longer providing for 3 offices with supplies or supporters nationwide with business cards and brochures.

I know we all have connections to the kind of people we need on our board. It’s been suggested we partner up on events with national charities helping Veterans, but they all declined, or ignored our requests.

Thoughts, questions, or suggestions? Feel free to share with or contact a person that would be willing to help Veteran Rescue out by sitting on our board. Florida has an abundance of charities and we all compete with each others donors for events and sponsors. We need to be set apart. We operate nationwide for our Veterans and locally for our animals for the most part.

FYI 2017 CFC totals are in. This money is paid out from April 1, 2018 to March 31st 2019. $2565 with 8 volunteer hours, totaling 9 donors. It also said recurring and total. Which it is, I don’t know. This is down from last year’s $6000 which was down from the year before’s $54000 minus fees only $26,000 delivered. The CFC is 90% of our funding. The last of last year’s CFC money arrives March 31, 2017 ($1600 due) back to back with the first of this year’s money April 1, 2018.

Our fundraiser is Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 at Wekiva Springs State Park from 8 AM to 11AM. 5K race, fun run. Goal to raise is $25,000. All the runners from Valencia are raising a minimum of $150 each in sponsor money for us. Everything through the link https://www.crowdrise.com/5krunforourwarriorsandpets from registering to raising funds. Facebook event page to let us keep track of how many are coming. https://www.facebook.com/events/1756094301365952/

So between race, CFC that will be the bulk of this year’s funding.

Valencia College Peace and Justice campus is helping us with every fundraiser with all her students giving 5 community service hours to Veteran Rescue or raising funds or supplies or running in our events.

The Girl Scouts looking for Silver Badges create dog toys or collect supplies and donate them to us.

This has been a huge help. http://veteranrescue.org/events

FYI we still have T-shirts, coffee cup inventory in addition to all of auction items and excess pet supplies we offered to our Veterans in need before Christmas. The shop has drop down boxes for each item.

Do we need to make website changes? Price changes? How to get the word out there to the ones in need? Do we need to tweak the business plan or marketing? Can we get a highly experienced person to help us? I built the brand by myself from nothing to having others let’s steal the brand and use it ourselves.

Below my signature I included the facts and faq or remarks about trademarks for those who wonder why these people have in fact infringing.

Sincerely,

Christi Hubbard 407-330-8032

Owner & President

CFC 19270

http://veteranrescue.org

A Warrior’s Sanctuary

Last year 1 person was stealing my trademark and profiting from it, this year there are 4 including the 1 from last year. Cease and desist letters have been emailed to them all including to the business corporations licensing board. Arkansas, Texas, Arizona and Georgia Veterans all! Why is theft ok? Why keep stealing someone else’s brand?

You know a simple Google search brings up my charity and trademark information. You legally can not ever use the words Veteran Rescue together, you can not add a word to it, and you can’t rip information off my website and business plan and call it your own!

There is no reason 3 businesses/1 people should be stealing my brand and trademark! All veterans no less!!

BEWARE!! Veterans in multiple states are stealing VETERAN RESCUE’s brand, trademark, and are PROFITING from it!! Cease and desist letters were sent. I will stay on top of it and I will shame them all!

Some Veterans will steal anything to make money for themselves: I’m sick of being ignored! If you know him, be aware he is a thief!

Paul Reprogle in Arkansas, he’s been warned repeatedly, shut down every social media site and IRS will not give him 501c3 status, he is still using my brand name. He keeps changing it up but he’s still stealing and profiting from my name. Veteran rescue Retreat is not legit.

Mission K9 Rescue in Texas is stealing. I also sent them a cease and desist. A simple Google search brings up Veteran Rescue’s legal status. Ignorance is not even a valid excuse. You operate a business you do due diligence! Veteran Rescue Ranch, aka Veteran K9 Rescue is also not legit in that they’re violating my trademark. Their members have also been nasty and threatening on Facebook.

Gerald Edwards in GA, ran a Go Fund Me campaign using our brand name that is trademark and has been for some years!

Veteran Rescue Mission in Tucson, Arizona EIN: 82-0871623 also thieves.

Being nice doesn’t do anything for your business but allow others to step all over you and steal from you.

Trademarks must be vigorously defended.

Trademarks > Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)

Word Mark    VETERAN RESCUE

Goods and Services   IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Charitable services, namely, organizing and conducting volunteer programs and community service projects aimed at increasing support and morale of families of deceased war veterans, war veterans, current members and future members of the United States military. FIRST USE: 20110401. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20110401

Standard Characters Claimed

Mark Drawing Code    (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK

Serial Number    86090496

Filing Date    October 14, 2013

Current Basis    1A

Original Filing Basis    1A

Published for Opposition    March 18, 2014

Registration Number    4543044

Registration Date    June 3, 2014

Owner   (REGISTRANT) Animal Rescue & Veteran Support Services, Corp. DBA Veteran Rescue CORPORATION FLORIDA http://www.veteranrescue.org 628 Chatas Ct Lake Mary FLORIDA 32746

Disclaimer   NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “VETERAN” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN

Type of Mark    SERVICE MARK

Register    PRINCIPAL

Live/Dead Indicator    LIVE

Sincerely,

Christi Hubbard 407-330-8032

Owner & President

http://veteranrescue.org

CFC 19270

https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-getting-started/trademark-basics

https://www.uspto.gov/trademark/been-sued-or-received-cease-and-desist-letter-answers-common-questions-about-trademark

Trademark protection is for words and symbols that distinguish the goods or services of one vendor from those of all others. Trademark rules protect the public from confusion and makes commerce work. Properly selecting and protecting trademarks will help you protect your reputation and market power, and avoid considerable trouble and expense.

Businesses must know what they do and do not own as a trademark. If the Secretary of State’s office merely says a name is available as a corporate name, for example, that doesn’t necessarily means it’s OK to do business under that name. Too often, companies make the mistake of incorporating under a name that, if used as a brand, may infringe trademark rights of a third party. Some also believe that merely filing an assume name certificate (DBA) creates exclusive rights, but such is not the case.

Concerning infringement: Just changing a spelling or adding a word to an existing trademark often does not protect you. Trademark infringement typically exists if your trademark (however spelled or configured) creates merely the likelihood of confusion as to source, sponsorship, approval or affiliation. Trademark infringement is easier to commit than most think, can be very difficult to spot, is expensive to litigate and is potentially ruinous in terms of wasted reputation investment.

Intellectual property is often a company’s most valuable asset and is easily overlooked, lost or destroyed, or infringed upon. By understanding the value of IP and consulting with experts in the field, you can avoid the potential land mines that abound.

Generally, if you are using the mark on similar goods and services, simply adding another word to the mark is still infringing the original mark.

Is the other company in the same line of business as you? If so, then your trademark application would be refused as it is similar/confusing to the mark that is already registered.

If you are saying that someone can register the name in with the Secretary of State, you are probably correct, but that is no defense to trademark infringement. None. Zero. Zilch. If it were that easy to use someone else’s registered trademark, don’t you think you would see copycats trying to live off the reputation of others everywhere?

David Staub

www.illinoisbusinessattorney.com

If you’re thinking of starting a business, one of the first things you’ll need is a company name and maybe even a logo. The second thing you’ll want to do is protect both from misuse. In the U.S., there are laws in place that protect trademarks, and those are overseen by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Below is an overview of how to register your trademark and how to make sure you’re not infringing on anyone else’s trademark.

What Is a Trademark?

A trademark indicates a word, symbol or design that is unique and distinguishes itself from other words, symbols and designs. In common language, a trademark is a brand name and/or logo. Words like “Kleenex,” “Barbie” and “Kodak” are all trademarked words that represent brand names, and commonly carry a superscript “TM” to designate the mark. Trademarks are granted by the USPTO.

Trademarks do not protect inventions, which are covered by patents and involve a separate application process. They also do not protect original artistic or literary works, as those are covered by copyright.

The most important thing to do when you’re ready to register your trademark is to search for similar trademarks that you might infringe upon. Infringing on another company’s trademark can lead to long and expensive legal battles, so it’s really in your best interest to conduct a detailed search before you file your trademark application.

It’s important to note that while trademarks are granted by the USPTO, you will need to search more than just its database to determine if your trademark is unique.

Many people do not register their trademarks, so it’s possible a business is already operating using a name or logo similar to the one you want to use. And even owners of unregistered trademarks can still sue you for infringement. If that business has used its unregistered trademark for a long time in the marketplace and with good faith, it might even win its case.

How to Search for Existing Trademarks

1. Use a Standard Search Engine

Using your online search engine of choice, you want to search for your chosen company name in as many iterations as possible. If you have a number in your name, try spelling it out and using the numeral. Search for abbreviations of common words in your name; use a hyphen or remove a hyphen; make one word into two words and vice versa; in short, get creative, because you’ll want to conduct an exhaustive search.

Make note of any businesses that come up with names that appear to be similar, and also note businesses that offer product or service offerings that are similar to yours. If you find a company that has the same exact name as yours that also sells or offers the same services as you, you might want to consider a change.

You can also search common business websites, such as Yelp, or state business registries to determine if similar business names exist in your area.

2. Consult With a Trademark Attorney

Once you have a list of similar names or ones that you’re concerned may be too close, you might want to enlist the advice of a trademark attorney. He or she can review the names, compare them to yours and determine if another company might have a case to make for infringement.

He or she can also help you file the trademark application. You can find one in your area by conducting a search or asking for referrals from other entrepreneurs or small business owners.

3. Search the USPTO Database

The USPTO maintains a database of all trademarks, copyrights and patents that it has registered/granted. Once you’re ready to file, you’ll want to search their database as well. The USPTO website offers pages of advice on how to conduct your search, details about what is and what is not in the database and even informational videos on how best to search it. Take advantage of these resources to mitigate any confusion or frustration on your part.

If your trademark includes a design element, such as a logo, you’ll also need to search using a design code. This search can be conducted through the standard trademark database; however, you’ll want to have an understanding of the different design codes and what they represent before attempting to search.

How Infringement Works

If you find a business that has a similar trademark or logo as your company, it doesn’t matter if that company has registered its trademark or not. Once a brand name or logo has been created and used as an identifying mark it is protected as a form of intellectual property. This will give you a level of protection under the law if you choose to sue another company for infringement or you are sued.

However, by not registering your trademark, if you are taken to court, the burden of proof falls more squarely on you. The court will expect you to prove that your mark is unique and the infringer’s mark is being used in a way that’s detrimental to you and your business.

The best way to insure your rights and protect yourself and your business is to formally register your trademark. This will give the most legal protection and provide you with an immediate legal right to defend your mark against misuse

Once you have been granted your trademark, use it. Businesses that keep their trademark active through their business (i.e. through marketing materials, advertisements or other public-facing means) build equity in their trademark, which can help them if they need to defend it in court.

Trademark infringement can be a serious issue with high legal fees, meaning it’s best for you to perform due diligence upfront and do your best to avoid legal complications. While registering your trademark can be a complicated process, it’s really in your best interest to take the time and to file the paperwork.

If you need more information specific to the trademark registration process, look no further than these eight steps for assistance.

How to Make Sure You’re Not Infringing on a Trademark

This letter is official notification under Section 512(c) of the Digital

Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”), and I seek the removal of the

aforementioned infringing material from your servers. I request that you immediately notify the infringer of this notice and inform them of their duty to remove the infringing material immediately, and notify them to cease any further posting of infringing material to your server in the future.

Please also be advised that law requires you, as a service provider, to

remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receiving this notice. Under US law a service provider, such as yourself, enjoys immunity from a copyright lawsuit provided that you act with deliberate speed to investigate and rectify ongoing copyright infringement. If service providers do not investigate and remove or disable the infringing material this immunity is lost. Therefore, in order for you to remain immune from a copyright infringement action you will need to investigate and ultimately

remove or otherwise disable the infringing material from your servers with all due speed should the direct infringer, your client, not comply immediately.

I am providing this notice in good faith and with the reasonable belief that rights my company owns are being infringed. Under penalty of perjury I certify that the information contained in the notification is both true and accurate, and I have the authority to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright(s) involved.

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