The opening of a highly anticipated USPTO satellite office in the Byron White building at 1961 Stout Street is an appropriate occasion to register disappointment in the federal government for its failure to protect small local businesses and farms.
Local farmers’ market Denver Urban Homesteading has been denied its presence on FACEBOOK for over three years because a holder of the supplemental trademark for “urban homesteading” in California objected, though only a principal trademark owner has the exclusive right to a phrase. The USPTO, by statute, should have cancelled the supplemental trademark and allowed this local company to regain its FACEBOOK page and thrive. It was cut off without notice on February 14, 2011 and the market lost touch with its 2200 customers who relied on updates through FACEBOOK. Its numerous farmers suffer lost sales and goodwill as well.
A group of customers and farmers will stage a silent protest to encourage USPTO into following the law, with signs speaking on their behalf. The participants will be available for interviews before and at the event.