Washington, DC asked in Business Formation and Trademark for Florida

Q: how can the nonprofit organization (sorority) keep the name (trademarked) when the pres/founder has been impeached

Founder/President was impeached for misappropriation of funds and possible fraud. Sorority registered in Georgia. The Sorority name is trademarked. How can we continue use the name and register the sorority in Florida with a different EIN.

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Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Seattle, WA

A: You're talking about two distinct issues here: Trademark law and fraud. It's a little unclear from the above hypothetical how the two are related.

Unless the fraud was somehow connected to the name itself, or if there was fraud in the registration and/or procurement of the mark, the sorority will still have valid rights to use the mark in commerce.

Please discuss this matter with a competent U.S.-based IP attorney.

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