Q. How will this affect groups and individuals selling ducks?
If you are selling/distributing yellow plastic ducks, and are calling them 'fibroducks', but you did not get them from us (and/or the proceeds are not going to The Fibroduck Foundation) then you will need to rename your ducks to something that doesn’t infringe on our trade mark. Taking this action will make it clear to purchasers that your ducks are not being sold to benefit The Fibroduck Foundation charity.
Q. Why should people fund-
The Fibroduck Foundation is the only fibro charity in England and Wales dedicated to raising funds for biomedical research to find a cause, a test and a cure for fibromyalgia. We do not raise funds for any other purpose. If you'd like to know more about our work, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website: www.fibroduckfoundation.com
Q. So no one else can call their ducks fibroducks now?
That's right. Anyone who is selling 'fibroducks' for any cause other than for The Fibroduck Foundation will have to stop calling them 'fibroducks'. If you want to fund-
So, to be clear, any individual or group wanting to use the fibroduck name for any purpose MUST write to us seeking written permission to use our trade mark. Please make sure you have our permission before you begin using the fibroduck name.
Q. We bought our fibroducks from another group/ another seller in good faith. Where do we stand?
We recognise people may have spent money on ducks that they now cannot call 'fibroducks'. In good faith, we will allow groups and individuals to sell off their remaining stock up to and including December 1st 2014. After this date they will need to either stop selling, or rename their product clearly, so it is evident they are not selling fibroducks. If this means you will have a lot of stock left beyond this date, please contact us and we will see if we can help.
Q. Will the organisation we got them from offer us refunds?
We are unable to comment on this, but suggest you contact them directly for advice.
Q. Which classes have you registered Fibroduck as a Trade Mark in?
Charitable and association services, namely, promoting public interest and awareness of fibomyalgia to the general public, patients and potential patients, medical and health care practitioners, complementary health practitioners and the employers, friends and family members of patients and potential patients; charitable services, namely, organising and developing projects to promote awareness of fibromyalgia; advertising, marketing and promotion; specialty merchandising services, namely, promoting the goods and services of others through the distribution of customised advertising materials; distribution and dissemination of advertising and promotional materials [leaflets, prospectuses, printed material, merchandise]; copy writing for advertising and promotional purposes; provision of advertising and promotional text, logos and graphics for use in the promotion of public interest and awareness of fibomyalgia and for charitable fundraising; retail services connected with the sale of metal key rings, downloadable electronic publications and guides, recorded media, fridge magnets, ornamental magnets, wrist bands [charity], printed matter and publications, bookbinding material, photographs, stationery, adhesives for stationery or household purposes, artists' materials, paint brushes, typewriters and office requisites (except furniture), instructional and teaching material (except apparatus), plastic materials for packaging, printers' type, printing blocks, stickers, book marks, posters, non-
Charitable fundraising; charitable collections; organising of charitable fundraising events and raffles; financing of medical and biomedical research into causes of, diagnostic tests for and potential medical treatments for fibromyalgia; information and advice in relation to all the aforesaid services.
Organising of charitable fundraising events and raffles.
Thanks for reading, we look forward to continuing to grow our charity and raise donations towards vital research here in the UK, and we are grateful for your understanding and your ongoing support.