Thursday, December 30, 2010

Another present for OWH!

And this time it's a long-awaited gift....not too many people know about it, but for me, Sandy, and our board....it's a ginormous achievement!!




Did you catch it? Did you see it? It's right there. Look again.




It's that little ® that we can now put in our logo!!! Yes, we obtained our Registered Trademark!! It looks like it went through in November, but due to long wait times for things to happen (this process has taken over a year!), I didn't find out til recently that it had passed the public comment period just fine. You can see our official listing on the Trademarks and Patent Office Website.

What does that little mark mean? There's more info on Registered Trademarks on this wikipedia page for those who want to know what a TM and ® are. But for me, it means peace of mind. It means WE are Operation Write Home, there's no challenging us for the name...and I don't have to lose any more sleep!  We do have responsibilities to enforce our mark, so if you ever see anyone using the name with what looks to you to be unauthorized use, please let us know asap.

What should YOU do when you want to post about OWH, or put together a flyer, etc? I still need to find out more details, but if you're advertising on behalf of OWH, or blogging about what you're doing with us, that's totally fine. You don't need prior approval, just go for it as usual. If you want to add the ® after our name in your text, you're welcome to! We'd love to see what you're doing, though, so if you create a flyer just drop a copy in email for us. Just so we know what's out there!

What about flyers already downloaded from this site without the ®? Go ahead and use them for now! We'll be posting new logos (you can snag the one in this post if you want for now) and brand new resources with the new logo - it's going to take a little time, so be patient :)

What about my OWH stamp? Go ahead and use it! When we reorder to continue sending out the freebie stamps, we'll have the ® added to the new ones. We're papercrafters, we use things til they don't work anymore, so please stamp til the rubber gives out :)

One more favor to ask: for those who still have any of the old cardsforheroes.org addresses in your email address book, PLEASE change those to the new operationwritehome.org addresses. Same first name, just change the last part. We still get email to the old account, and would love to direct that mail properly. Thanks :)

To celebrate with us, join today's
 Holiday Vacation challenge on 
in honor of our little ®!

5 comments:

Yolanda said...

Congrats! Part of my job at CEF International Headquarters is as copyrights and trademarks supervisor. I have full appreciation for your ®.

Shirley G said...

awesome

Sherry H said...

Congratulations, Sandy! This is huge!

Sharon said...

Don't you just love it when all the time and effort put in to something this grand finally pays off? Congratulations and a big WOOHOO!!!! dance from this fan!

JoAnne N. said...

Congrats!! That's awesome news!