Silly and frivolous lawsuits are the norm in these litigious days and have been for some time.
The SouthWest Ohio DX Association has recently engaged in what I and others consider a similar practice involving trademarks.
If your local DX club wants to celebrate the year with a dinner and get-together to discuss and brag about who worked whom over the course of the year, you’d better not call it a ‘DX Dinner’. That phrase is now trademarked and belongs to the SouthWest Ohio DX Association!
Similarly, if your club wants to honor a DXpedition, whatever you do, don’t call it the ‘DXpedition of the Year’. They’ve trademarked that phrase too – it’s theirs.
Same for ‘DXpeditioner of the Year’.
They own these phrases and you can’t use them.
Here is the documentation from the US Patent & Trademark Office.
Trademarking a slogan is one thing but to trademark a commonly-used phrase in this manner effectively removes it from the hobby – its use is now disallowed by the rest of us on threat of legal prosecution.
True amateur spirit from someone at the SouthWest Ohio DX Association.
I’d love to know which individual there is responsible. People who shame themselves ought not to be able to hide behind the banner of an organization.
See more at Paul N6PSE blog. From one commenter (K8MN) there:
W8OK would be turning over in his grave if he knew anything like this had taken place. I was the second president of SWODXA in those early years nothing like this would or could have been rammed through. Those in Federal government who granted such a request cannot have realized that there have been numerous DXers and DXpeditions of the year and DX dinners for many year prior to the existence of SWODXA.