Fwd: Response from the National Pork Board
- "Steve Murphy, Chief Executive Officer" <communicator@...> wrote:
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2007 18:39:21 -0500 (EST)
From: "Steve Murphy, Chief Executive Officer" <communicator@...>
Subject: Response from the National Pork BoardFriday, February 2, 2007Thank you for your email to the National Pork Board. We appreciate you taking the time to send us an email regarding our communication with "The Lactivist" webstore on CafePress.com about our trademark rights.It is important to understand that our lawyers correspondence to Ms. Laycock was in no way intended to challenge or demean breastfeeding or those who support it. This correspondence is about defending our trademark and the National Pork Board's responsibility to protect pork industry investments on behalf of the 70,000 US pork producers we represent. The Other White Meat® is a pork industry trademark whose value was built slowly and thoughtfully over 20 years, paid for by producers hard-earned dollars. Any infringement on that mark would substantially lessen its value and impact for US pork producers.Its also important to understand that the National Pork Board cannot pick and choose which infringement challenges it decides to address. We have a responsibility to the industry to challenge all viable infringements (and we do so on a weekly basis) or face the possibility of losing trademark protection and allowing the industrys valued trademark to become public domain, and thus worthless.Again, the National Pork Board takes no issue with your important cause. Our interest here was in protecting US pork producers investment in The Other White Meat® trademark. We apologize if our response seemed impersonal or harsh; that was not our intent. We will use all feedback that we receive to improve our communication processes in the future. Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention.Sincerely,
Chief Executive Officer
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