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Old 02-05-2011, 06:21 PM   #1
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Little Advice Needed

So question for some other owners out there. We put in for affiliation a couple weeks ago. I ran into someone at an event today that was using pretty much the same name we were using we our "Name" Crossfit they are Crossfit "Same Name". I approached them and asked about it and they said they were affiliated but cant find anything anywhere that said they were. The thing thats wierd about it as well is they got really defensive when I was talking to them about. Also found out everything they registered with the state and everything else they have done has been two weeks after us. We registered another name at the same time "Name" Fitness which they were same how able to register as well. Anyway long story short what should we do?
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:40 AM   #2
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Re: Little Advice Needed

1) If they are an affiliate with HQ and applied first you will not be allowed to use the name. I know from personal experience. I wanted West Valley CrossFit and CrossFit West Valley all ready exist (legit affiliate in another state) so I couldn't have it.

2) If they are not an affiliate or apply after you the name will be yours and you can ask them to stop using it. "CrossFit" is owned by HQ and can only be used by a licensed affiliate. They can not use the name if they are not an approved affiliate. Inform HQ and they will take care of it.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:15 PM   #3
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Re: Little Advice Needed

Unfortunately if they stole the name from you before you filed and then they filed for it I don't think there's much you can do.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:31 PM   #4
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Re: Little Advice Needed

If they filed first then it's not stolen.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:00 PM   #5
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Re: Little Advice Needed

Thanks everyone they did file first. Thanks to leslie at hq for a good response. My confusion was from the state side of things since we registered there first. Learned a lot through this process though.thanks again everyone.
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