Boston Strong Statement
For almost 10 years Chowdaheadz has been making products to celebrate the love of Boston. We are committed to our community and to the amazing customers we serve. Many have asked us about our donations to the victims of the Marathon Tragedy. We don't feel it's appropriate to publicize every way we reach out to the community but note that we have made quite a few private donations to people directly affected & to 3rd party fundraising efforts. In addition to the private ways we have connected we have also donated a large percentage of our profits since the tragedy. To date we have collected and pledge to donate close to $30,000 for the One Fund. We have and will always continue to seek out ways that we can help our community while creating products for our customers to show their love of Boston.
Boston Strong Statement
Hey fellow Chowdaheadz, there was some press around our company that we felt was misleading and we wanted to address it. When we announced that we were selling "Boston Strong" items we filed a notice of intent to use these words with the USPTO to protect ourselves from someone else filing and pursing a claim against us for it down the road. The notice that we sent is not an actual approved trademark filing, it doesn't work like that, it can take years to achieve protection on a trademark. This filing was done before the phrase really caught on and was simply done to protect us from someone else trying to enforce it on us solely a profit opportunity for themselves while making no contribution to the community. We had no idea at the time that this phrase would grow to where it has and become such a big rally cry for our city.
An article was written and then circulated by a competitor of ours who tried to make it look improper that we did this, but it was not done in bad faith in any way. Being one of the most established companies in this particular space (10 years selling Boston gear) and not a pop-up-shop we knew that there was likely to be an opportunistic party entering the market trying to make a claim to the phrase exclusively. (Do consider that someone else did put in a filing before we did and their statement was "I just want to make a quick buck", they don't appear to have ever sold any Boston Merchandise). We strongly feel that the "Boston Strong" theme is for the people of Boston and the victims of the tragedy. Our intentions are good and we have no interest in pursuing the mark in bad faith. I think we have always been transparent and open with our customers and we speak from the heart here on this.
(Update:We are not the only local company to put in applications for "Boston Strong", there have been quite a few filings. For example, Boston Beer Company filed the mark for beer. Their intentions seem to be similar to ours; to protect the marketplace from someone controlling it and holding them back from use while making no contribution to the community)
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