902Fw: [seichemreiki] Sekhem Trademark Application
- May 15, 2000
>An Open Letter to the Seichim/Sekhem/SKHM/Seichem and Reiki HealingCommunity
>from Patrick Zeigler and Diane Shewmakeruniversal
>IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REQUIRED!!
>WE NEED YOUR HELP IN DEFEATING A TRADEMARK APPLICATION NOW!!
> A trademark application has been filed to prevent anyone in the United
>States from using the word "Sekhem" as a business name or healing system.
>This restriction would apply to all healers, teachers, students, and
>practitioners of Sekhem who use that word in advertisements, brochures,
>letters, class materialsâ”almost all aspects of working with this
>form of healing. It may also affect those who use the term "Sekhem" as partseveral
>of their religious practices or within certain fraternal and similar
>spiritual organizations and groups. The application has gone through
>stages and the 30-day public comment period will begin on May 23, 2000. Weyour
>have retained legal counsel to formally file an objection and would like
>assistance in informing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that therequest
>should be denied.teach
> It is our position that every person has the right to heal with and
>about this universal healing energy stream which has been known by variousin
>names such as Seichim, Sekhem, SKHM and Seichem (and derivatives thereof)
>whatever format he or she is attracted to. However, we feel it isby
>inappropriate for anyone to claim as their own any one of the basic names
>which this energy has been known around the world.Though
> All four names have been actively used by many in the United States and
>abroad prior to this current application of Helen Belot of Australia.
>some of the related healing systems have some variances in form andcontent,
>the universal healing energy at their core is the same; therefore, in thisof
>sense the names Seichim, Sekhem, SKHM and Seichem are equivalent to one
>another and share the same symbolic meanings. Please note that the Sekhem
>healing system taught by Helen Belot has at its foundation the original
>Seichim system (including symbols) developed and taught by Phoenix
>Summerfield in the United States and Australia, with both being inclusive
>the three degrees of Reiki and its symbols (though some of the names of theto
>symbols have been changed in Helen's system). Phoenix's lineage goes back
>Faun Parliman, Tom Seaman, Patrick and ultimately to Source as detailed inand
>Diane's book, All Love: A Guidebook for Healing with Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki
> It is our understanding that people have tried to claim as their
>proprietary product other healing systems, such as Reiki, and failed. Our
>legal counsel has informed us that the law on trademarking a healing system
>as a proprietary name is fairly straight-forward. As an example, imagine an
>acupuncturist who tries to trademark as his or her business name " The
>Painless Acupuncture Clinic." Because the words "acupuncture," "clinic,"
>"painless" are generic, universally-used, words that do not distinguish afactor.
>unique business product, trademarking is inappropriate. In addition, people
>have been using the term "acupuncture" in their business for thousands of
>years before the trademark applicationâ”another important determining
>How You Can Help
> You can help us with this legal proceeding as follows:
>1. You can join in as a formal "party in interest" in the Opposition brief
>that will be filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A "party in
>interest" is a person or business that will be directly affected by the
>granting of a trademark for the name "Sekhem." This includes those who are
>currently using the name in their work or who may anticipate doing so in
>future. Those who are parties in interest will share the legal expensesand
>equally. The more who join at this level, the lower the legal costs per
>person. Participating at this level will ensure that your voice is heard
>will also put you on record with the trademark office as a current orfuture
>user of the name "Sekhem." If you believe you are a party in interest,in
>contact Diane Shewmaker at 503-469-9292 or awakener@...
>immediately for more details!!!! The more people who participate at this
>level the better. Please seriously consider this option and do not delay
>2. Make a donation to the legal fund for the benefit of all. This can be
>any amount and would likely be deductible as legal expenses should you havea
>related business (talk to your accountant to be certain). These donationsand
>will be applied to legal expenses. Records of all donations will be kept
>if total donations exceed the legal expenses, the donations will berefunded
>on a pro rata basis. If you wish to participate at this level, send a checkthe
>or money order in any amount made out to Diane Ruth Shewmaker designating
>monies for the legal fund. The address is 6107 SW Murray Blvd., PMB213,phone
>Beaverton, Oregon 97008-4467. Please include your full name, address,
>number and email address.believe
>3. If anyone has information that can be substantiated and that you
>will assist us in protecting everyone's right to use the word "Sekhem,"is
>please contact us at once.
>4. Immediately forward this message to all of your students, to related
>email groups of which you are a member and to anyone else who may be
>interested and encourage their active participation in the process. This
>truly a community effort!!either
> We both thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your willingness to
>stand up and be counted in connection with this important question. If we
>are successful, the effects can be far reaching in assuring that all
>universal healing energies are freely available to all. Please help us
>protect the healing community's rights. Feel free to be in touch with
>Blessings to everyone,
>Patrick Zeigler, Founder, Seichim@...
>Diane Ruth Shewmaker
>Author of All Love: A Guidebook for Healing with Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki and
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