I just received an email from a blogger who has a similar name to our blog and does similar things (reviews, promotion of green living, etc.) who is saying that we are infringing on their trademark... Although I think it is complete bollocks and they are sending out a form letter to everyone who has a similar name to theirs. Our site also looks like it receives more traffic than hers and has a better standing in searches. So I guess my question is, if two sites have similar names is that actually trademark infringement? We didn't search her out to take away her business and didn't know her site existed prior to her sending an email.
Here is a copy of the email she sent us
"Dear Green Organic Mamas
I recently came across your website Green Organic Mamas. It looks like you're doing some interesting and important things. I've been doing business under the Green Mama name for over seven years now and have a book being published by that title as well. I actually own the registered trademark for the Green Mama (reg #4,270,197) for anything pertaining to green living, including educational materials, reviews, print materials, and consulting. The standards of trademark infringement includes any similar names, spellings, or similar logos that may be confusing to potential customers. Part of owning the trademark is making sure it's protected, which means others can't use the name.
This is a little awkward, but I'm reaching out to you directly because I don't want to have to get my lawyer involved and I'm assuming it's an innocent mistake. I've built my whole business and brand around this, not to mention the financial investment in securing the trademark.
I know this is a big pain and that thinking up a creative name isn't easy. I feel badly having to ask this, but I do need you to stop using Green Mama in your blog title and on social media—even when it's got other words in conjunction—and find another name. In your case, your logo (with the leaves) is also very similar.
I'll check in again in a month to make sure everything has gone smoothly with the change. If it helps, I am happy to help promote through my social media channels your site and it’s new name at that time. Thanks so much for your understanding, and again I apologize for this being the way we meet. I really don't wish you ill in any way, I just need to protect my trademark.
Mind you, we have a pretty good sized following on social media and through our blog, so it will be a HUGE hassle to change up our name. But is Green Organic Mamas really a trade name infringement on The Green Mama? I'm thinking to just ignore it and call her bluff... if its real, then let her lawyer send an official cease and desist and we would reply with our denial and see where it goes... but we are just a blog, so I'm trying to see if it is worth it to go through all of this for the cost it will take to trademark our name, find a lawyer to send a denial... etc. etc. I also thought about strong arming her to call her bluff with a denial letter (here is a link to the draft in Google Docs https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing).
Our logo's aren't even similar, so I don't understand where she is getting the trademark infringement from? HELP!
Here is her logo
And our logos, banners, buttons