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Lately, it seems that Cutting for Business readers are becoming more aware of trademark infringements – and the sheer number of them in the handmade community. In the last few weeks, I have received several emails asking how to report trademark infringements they see online.
Large companies and corporations have entire teams dedicated to looking and taking action against trademark infringements. These teams watch social media, stores, and online marketplaces for infringements. While it isn’t necessary for you to report infringements you see online, most companies accept reports from consumers.
Today, I’m giving you information on how to report trademark infringements to major companies.
How to Report Trademark Infringements Online
Below, I’ve listed a handful of specific companies that I often see crafters making without permission.
Disney – Click here for reporting information.
Musicians & Recording artists: Reach out directly to each musician. You can usually find contact information to get in touch with their team on their website.
Harley Davidson – Email IPAgent@harley-davidson.com.
Marvel – Click here for reporting information.
Nike – Email email@example.com. In your email, include the product, the store location and/or the website address.
MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and College Sports Teams – Members of CAPS, report using submission form found at this link.
Good to know: In most cases, you will remain anonymous when you report the trademark infringement. In some cases, your email address with be recorded.
You Can Reach Out to the Trademark Holder
If you’d like to report trademark infringement to smaller companies and individuals, you can find the trademark in question using the TESS database. Near the bottom of the record, contact information for the trademark holder or their attorney is listed. You can reach out the them to report and infringement you’ve seen.
Reporting As a Trademark Holder
If you are a registered trademark holder and would like to report infringement of your trademarks, this page from StopFakes.gov has links to popular marketplaces and social media networks where you can report infringement. The list includes Amazon, Facebook, Alibaba, Ebay, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy, and more.
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Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.