Entrepreneur Magazine came after small business owner over trademarks.
An Austin businessman has sued Entrepreneur Media, publisher of Entrepreneur Magazine, after the publication sent a cease and desist to him for registering EntrepreneurOlogy.com.
Daniel Castro is an author, speaker, trainer, and small business owner in Austin, Texas. In January 2009 he says he coined the term “EntrepreNeurology”, followed shortly thereafter by “EntrepreneurOlogy”. He also filed for a trademark for Entrepreneur.Ology. Earlier this year he registered the corresponding EntrepreneurOlogy.com domain name to promote his speaking and training.
Fast forward to September 7, and Castro says Entrepreneur Media (EMI) faxed him a cease and desist letter. EMI threatened to sue Castro if he didn’t give up rights to his mark and domain name EntrepreneurOlogy.com. EMI is also trying to get Entrepreneur.Ology canceled through the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, according to Castro.
Castro acted first by suing EMI. He’s asking for the company’s Entrepreneur trademark to be declared invalid. Otherwise he wants a declaratory judgment that he isn’t infringing on EMI’s mark. He also claims that EMI is guilty of reverse domain name hijacking.
You can read the complaint here.