After the trademark dispute, I decided to seek legal protection against
Intel, in the form of a trademark of my own. I hired a prestigious law
firm, known for their excellent trademark work. They reviewed my dispute
with Intel, and my new logo. Based on their legal opinion, they sent me
a letter to certify that my new logo was unique and should pass a trademark
examination. Therefore, I decided to trademark my logo.
In early June, 1996, I returned from vacation to find a letter from my attorney. My attorney explained that he had received a phone call from Carol Smith, Intel's lead trademark attorney. She had become aware that I had filed for a trademark application on my logo. She queried my attorney about my motives for filing such an application. As my attorney put it "she was probing for information." He explained to her that he believed, in his legal opinion, that my mark was unique, and didn't infringe upon Intel's Dropped "e" logo. At that moment, Ms. Smith became "livid." He said the conversation degenerated from that point, until Ms. Smith was utterly "ranting and raving" (a true demonstration of her professionalism).
I viewed this obvious escalation of hostilities as a breach of a verbal contract that Ms. Smith's office had made with me, in late January. It seems that Intel had developed a case of selective amnesia. Had Ms. Smith forgotten that her department agreed to drop the accusation of trademark infringement? I should have insisted on such proof - in writing. I'll learn my lesson - for the next time.
Next, I drafted a letter, and sent it certified mail to Ms. Smith. In the letter, I listed many of the harassing events I have had to endure from Intel. (Many of the events, I've never mentioned from this web site.) I mentioned in this letter, that if they chose to develop a case of selective amnesia, then they had better send me a letter that was more professional that the piece of crap that came out of her legal department - last time. I concluded by making an offer to Intel. If they wanted to silence my web site, and force me to withdraw my trademark applications, they should buy my web site, and the trademark applications - simply for the expenses they cost me.
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