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Sunday, August 2, 2009

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Refuses Northwest.



On July 27, 2009, the United States Patent and Trademark Office officially refused registration of the application submitted by Northwest Association of Accredited Schools. A brief summary of the official letters is below:

REFUSAL: LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION UNDER SECTION 2(d)

Registration of the applied-for collective membership mark is refused because of a likelihood of confusion with the mark in U.S. Registration No. 2334969 [NAAS]. Trademark Act Section 2(d), 15 U.S.C. §1052(d); see TMEP §§1207.01 et seq. See the enclosed registration.

Likelihood of confusion may arise from the contemporaneous use of a collective membership mark on the one hand and a trademark or service mark on the other. The same standards used to determine likelihood of confusion between trademarks and service marks also apply to collective membership marks. See 15 U.S.C. §1052(d); In re National Novice Hockey League, Inc., 222 USPQ 638 (TTAB 1984); Allstate Life Ins. Co. v. Cuna International, Inc., 169 USPQ 313 (TTAB 1971), aff’d, 487 F.2d 1407, 180 USPQ 48 (C.C.P.A. 1973); Boise Cascade Corp. v. Mississippi Pine Manufacturers Assn., 164 USPQ 364 (TTAB 1969). TMEP § 1304.08(b)
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An NAAS Media Report is being prepared to document, discuss, and report the rejection.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Investigation of NAAS Mailbox Impersonation

To:
Mail Box Clerk of CrossRoads Station,
6210 N JONES BLVD, LAS VEGAS, NV 89130-4001


Subject: Mail-box Impersonation by unknown persons falsely assigning responsibility to box NAAS Mailbox

Possible Persons of Interest: All Nevada-based natural persons associated with Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, SPM Resorts, Inc., Meridian Financial Services

Dear Mail Clerk, and to Consumer Affairs of the United States Postal Service, etc., et al.

¶It has been brought to our attention by various residents in and around Nye County, Nevada, Clark County, and other locations that persons may be impersonating the use of the official NAAS-USA Fund mail box without the express written consent of NAAS-USA Fund. Specifically, we are receiving mail correspondence from random persons that claim to have originated from the NAAS Mail Box 750356. These letters claim to be harassing to the recipients, and are harassing to the actual box holders. In fact, one hand-written suspicious letter from Gary G. Wakefield, 1850 Isaac St., Apt. C, Pahrump, NV 89060, claims he has been in contact with U.S. Postal Inspectors and that he has blamed the “occupants” of Box 750356 despite the fact that mail-box impersonation is apparently quite easy.

¶We suspect some of these persons are acting on behalf of certain persons named in NAAS Media for the precise purpose of chilling free-speech. These mail pieces coincided with the publication of unflattering NAAS Media reports about Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, and SPM Resorts, Meridian Financial Services, and all these companies have used their employees or attorneys to access the NAAS.ORG website. These persons all have ties to the same area where these letters appear to have originated from. Also, we have electronic evidence that verifies certain facts about the suspect(s).

¶PLEASE NOTE: Improperly addressed correspondence to NAAS-USA Fund will be discarded per NAAS EAS/N2 Rules. Box holder is not responsible for any correspondence other than its own. NAAS-USA Fund, does not, has not, and has no reason to engage in any act(s) that resemble the act(s) descibed by Wakefield or other person(s).

¶A complete version of this letter will be posted on the NAAS Blog, along with U.S. Postal phone numbers. We encourage any person with accurate information about the identity of the persons to contact your office.

cc:
Dee Dee Terrano
Finance Mgr. Ginnie Beck
Manager of Consumer Affairs
1001 East Sunset Rd., Rm #1015
Las Vegas NV 89199-9655
Ph# 702-361-9419

P.S. Anyone with information that can help identify the suspects should contact NAAS Publishers
by completing NAAS EAS/N2 Form GEC 001.