We pause to address the distressing discovery that Float Pod Technologies has issued cease and desist letters to anyone using the term “float pod” in a commercial sense. Although considered to be a general term used widely throughout the float industry, Float Pod Technologies was able to trademark “Float Pod” in 2013 and now are taking action against those who they claim are violating their intellectual property rights.
Of the many questions raised by this controversy, the first is differentiating what is legal versus what is moral and ethical. Although within their legal rights, the company’s actions have been perceived throughout the float community as bullying. Many are also shocked that such a general term could be trademarked to begin with.
What can each of us who disagree with their actions do to stand up for what we believe is right? Dylan and Amy identify holes in the company’s claim that they were the first to use “float pod” in a commercial sense and discuss how such examples could be used by anyone interested in submitting a petition to cancel the trademark.
Top Ten Reasons Float Pod Therapies Pods Have Zero Competition from Alden Witte on Vimeo. Nick explaining the top ten reasons they have no competition and using the term “float pod” as a generalized term (minute 5:34)
Floataway – Show Sponsor
Float Conference – Show Sponsor
Consulting information with Dylan
video of Nick explaining the top ten reasons they have no competition and using the term “float pod” as a generalized term (minute 5:34)
Petition to Cancel a Trademark
FTA page using “float pod”
Graham and Ashkahn 2014 Float Conference speech
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