Hello, my name is Ms. Ruqiyah Muhammad
Last year this guy and an organization, did a basketball game using my trademark name. My trademark is "Stop The Violence Basketball Tournament" it is federally trademarked & trademarked through the state. The name they are using is "Stop the Violence Celebrity Basketball Game". First of all the "celebrities", they listed on last year flyer did not even come out to participate and some of the people they listed on the flyer have participated in my event since I had it in 2009. It did call confusion, as some people thought I sold it to them to take over or I had something to do with theirs, etc. I had a cease & desist letter sent to them first by me in Feb. last year then I paid another lawyer in March to send it (but this lawyer does not deal in trademark law so she could not assist me further after the letter was sent) I thought when the lawyer sent it then they would stop, even though it was sent after they had it in March of last year. Fast forward til now and they just posted the flyer again March 14th. Same exact flyer only difference is one person took his name off, however, he is still apart of it, by captioning the post "Come support OUR 2nd annual..." "US, WE, ME" and his phone number is still on the flyer as a contact as well. The organization kept its name still on the flyer also. They still have celebrity on the flyer but no names are listed. This particular person who continues to use my name uses the word celebrity on mainly all his flyers because it's a marketing tactic. The event is this Saturday, March 23rd and they just released the flyer 2 weeks before that date I think one of the reasons why is because it would be so close to the date that they think legally nothing would happen right away because last year they released the event in Feb.
- Ms. Ruqiyah Muhammad
- Cell # 757-768-8783
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