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  • Best of luck !

  • Congrats for the blog!

  • excellent move!

  • Isn’t seekingalpha.com going to get a bit annoyed with this? I assume there is no affiliation

  • imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

  • To whom it may concern

    Re.: Unauthorized Use of Trademark

    Seeking Alpha Ltd. is the owner of the federally registered trademark, “Seeking Alpha”, which has been registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 2008 (Registration Number 3444487). Accordingly, for close to a decade, the Seeking Alpha trademark has been an important and distinctive signifier of our services at seekingalpha.com.

    Our name, our Trademark and the intellectual property rights therein, are the property of Seeking Alpha, are associated with Seeking Alpha and are among our most valuable assets. Our services enjoy an extensive reputation and substantial goodwill and are widely recognized in many countries around the world, including the UK.

    Such use of our Trademark by your website is likely to confuse the
    public, or otherwise create the impression that your website or its services are somehow connected or related to us, and by doing so, cause us substantial damage.

    Your website constitutes, inter alia, trademark infringement, passing off, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, deceptive trade acts and practices, trademark dilution, misappropriation of the valuable goodwill, reputation and business property
    of Seeking Alpha under other federal and state laws of various countries.

    In view of the above, we demand that you immediately:
    a. Cease and desist from any use of the trademark “Seeking Alpha”.
    b. Delete from your website all references containing our trademark or anything similar to our client’s Trademark.
    c. Immediately cease all use of a domain name that includes the trademark “Seeking Alpha”.
    d. Undertake in writing, in language acceptable to us, not to infringe any of our rights in the future.
    e. Provide an accounting of the revenues that you have received in connection with your, so that we can discuss a reasonable settlement fee for damages for your infringements of our rights.

    Your swift and full cooperation will enable us to resolve this matter quickly, on an amicable basis. Please confirm to us in writing, within 7 days from the date hereof, that you have fully complied with the above. If we do not receive such written assurances within this 7-day period, we reserve the right to take any and all steps necessary to enforce our rights.

    This is not intended, and should not be construed, as an admission or waiver of any rights that Seeking Alpha has, all of which are expressly reserved.

  • Hi Andrew

    Thank you for visiting seekingalpha.co.uk, hope you found the blog interesting.
    Your client has registered as a trademark in the U.S. the phrase ‘seeking alpha’, but this blog isn’t based in the U.S. and focuses in Europe.
    Also this blog uses the phrase seeking alpha with it’s financial meaning, referring to uncorrelated market returns, rather than refering to anything else. In other words, we don’t seek beta, we seek alpha. Regarding the financial data you demanded, I think is pretty clear this blog doesn’t generate any revenue neither intends to do so. All content is freely accessible to everyone. As the disclaimer says the content of seekingalpha.co.uk isn’t financial advice. Can your client’s content be perceived as financial advise in the UK? If so, have they been registered with the FCA?

  • Thank you for your response.

    The Seeking Alpha trademark is registered in the US but the website on which the trademark is used is accessed globally, including significant traffic from the UK and Europe. The trademark is registered for ‘financial information provided by electronic means’ and ss you are probably aware SeekingAlpha.com is a platform for investment research, with broad coverage of stocks, asset classes, ETFs and investment strategy. Hence our Trademark is used solely with its financial meaning referring to uncorrelated market returns.

    As such, the use of our Trademark by your website is likely to confuse the public, or otherwise create the impression that your website or its services are somehow connected or related to us, and by doing so, cause us substantial damage.

    In view of the above, we again demand that you immediately:
    a. Cease and desist from any use of the trademark “Seeking Alpha”.
    b. Delete from your website all references containing our trademark or anything similar to our client’s Trademark.
    c. Immediately cease all use of a domain name that includes the trademark “Seeking Alpha”.
    d. Undertake in writing, in language acceptable to us, not to infringe any of our rights in the future.

    Your swift and full cooperation will enable us to resolve this matter quickly, on an amicable basis. Please confirm to us in writing, within 7 days from the date hereof, that you have fully complied with the above. If we do not receive such written assurances within this 7-day period, we reserve the right to take any and all steps necessary to enforce our rights.

    This is not intended, and should not be construed, as an admission or waiver of any rights that Seeking Alpha has, all of which are expressly reserved.

  • Hi Andrew, if your client SeekingAlpha.com claims to provide investment research to UK investors, shouldn’t be FCA registered ?

    I think any visitor on SeekingAlpha.co.uk realises this is a blog and not an investment platform. They can also read your comments that make it clear there is no affiliation. It’s also obvious on the disclaimer.

    As a UK based investor, I ask you Andrew to advice your client to get registered with the FCA before it is too late

  • Value Investor

    Hi Andrew,

    Could you please advice which specific laws in Europe you think seekingalpha.co.uk breaches?
    We have no problem changing domain name for the blog, but we cannot understand the legal base of your claims. Seeking legal advise from experts, we were told that seekingalpha.co.uk is in compliance with local regulation.

    Your prompted help is much appreciated,

    Regards

    • Thank you again for your response.

      I would like to draw your attention to Seeking Alpha’s European Union trademark registration numbers 006304877 and 77287825.

      I reiterate that such use of our Trademark by your website in the UK and the European Union constitutes, inter alia, trademark infringement, passing off, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, deceptive trade acts and practices, trademark dilution, misappropriation of the valuable goodwill, reputation and business property of Seeking Alpha under European law and other federal and state laws of various countries.

      Your use of the Seeking Alpha trademark is likely to confuse the public, or otherwise create the impression that your website or its services are somehow connected or related to us, and by doing so, cause us substantial damage.

      In view of the above, we again demand that you immediately:
      a. Cease and desist from any use of the trademark “Seeking Alpha”.
      b. Delete from your website all references containing our trademark or anything similar to our Trademark.
      c. Immediately cease all use of a domain name that includes the trademark “Seeking Alpha”.
      d. Undertake in writing, in language acceptable to us, not to infringe any of our rights in the future.
      e. Provide an accounting of the revenues that you have received in connection with your website, so that we can discuss a reasonable settlement fee for damages for your infringements of our rights.

      Please confirm to us in writing, within 7 days from the date hereof, that you have fully complied with the above. If we do not receive such written assurances within this 7-day period, we reserve the right to take any and all steps necessary to enforce our rights.

      This again is not intended, and should not be construed, as an admission or waiver of any rights that Seeking Alpha has, all of which are expressly reserved.

  • The EU trade marks you mention, 006304877 and 77287825, as far as I can see, aren’t describing any specific use for the phrase ‘seeking alpha’, neither registering any specific logo. Also I haven’t seen anywhere a trade mark that prevent’s Seeking Alpha being used as a Blog or a domain name in the EU.
    If you claim that your client provides investment services in Europe, using the phrase ‘seeking alpha’, are they registered with a financial services regulator as well ? I think the answer is No

    Please advice, which specific EU law you believe our blog is not respecting and we will change domain name, but we need to have a specific reference, so we can justify our decision.

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