By now everyone believes that Karaya (Jersey) Limited is the holding company that owns the LASER trademark in the US. After all they were even named in the recent Kirby lawsuit. Well, that would be only half right. Karaya holds the trademark in the class of goods that pertain to sailboats, parts, accessories and sails. A close look at that registration reveals that the title is all jacked up and the actual owner of the LASER trademark is a dissolved entity. Maybe that can be fixed and maybe it can't. I’ll post the details of that jacked up registration later.
For now, did you know that Velum Limited, an Antigua and Barbuda entity with an address is Switzerland also owns the LASER trademark in the US (not to mention the UK)? In the US, Velum holds the trademark in the class of services that pertain to “organizing sporting events, namely, sailing competitions, and regattas; sailing schools.” In the UK, Velum holds the trademark for both the goods and services mentioned above.
Now I ask you, who organizes and runs LASER regattas? How many times have you personally organized and run a LASER regatta? How many times has Velum or LP done that for you? For what purpose do you suppose LP would be interested in obtaining the exclusive rights to the business of running every freaking LASER regatta in the US and UK?
Now here’s the kicker. To obtain a trademark you have to provide proof of your use of the mark "in commerce" in connection with the "services" you are providing. Below are the “specimens” that Velum submitted as proof of their use in the US:
But wait, there's more ...
The “Statement of Use” indicates that: "… VELUM LIMITED, … is using or is using through a related company or licensee the mark in commerce on or in connection with the goods and/or services."
The “Declaration” on the Statement of Use affirms the following:
"Applicant is the owner of the mark sought to be registered, and is using the mark in commerce on or in connection with the goods/services identified above, as evidenced by the attached specimen(s) showing the mark as used in commerce.
The undersigned being hereby warned that willful false statements and the like are punishable by fine or imprisonment, or both, under 18 U.S.C. Section 1001, and that such willful false statements and the like may jeopardize the validity of this document, declares that he/she is properly authorized to execute this document on behalf of the Owner; and all statements made of his/her own knowledge are true and that all statements made on information and belief are believed to be true."
I’ll let you decide what conclusion to draw. My favorite part is "punishable by fine or imprisonment, or both." If only we could be so lucky.