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I didn't want to be negative energy on the other blog - so started this to discuss this issue of claims of ownership, originating source and Trade Mark of Massage Cupping.
My family is from Sicily where Massage Cupping has been used for generations. Here in the U.S. we live in a region that is really ethnically diverse - I've a number of colleagues and clients who talk about massage cupping being popular from
where they are from all over Asia, Russia and Europe - even South America and
Australia. Ilkay Chirali, Irina Litwicka, Olena Adams, Dr. Ling Zhi
Sheng and Bruce Bentley (just to name a few) have been teaching Massage Cupping
techniques much longer than Anita Shannon.
I recently took the Contemporary Cupping Methods class, which BTW was the best workshop I have
EVER taken - my friends did not exaggerate... anyway - I plan on using the term
"Massage Cupping" to promote my business and was confronted with this claim of ownership / TM of Massage Cupping on this blog, ads I've seen with it in magazines and on
the massagecupping.com website. It is illegal to use a Trade Mark name someone else owns.
Since Michael Krizek did not answer my question, my employer accessed the public records at www.uspto.gov - "Searched Marks" under Trade Marks for Massage Cupping. What we found is from 8-31-06
through 10-02-09 Anita Shannon was repeatedly denied the Trade Mark based in part on
the historical evidence that it existed prior to her claim to ownership.
Why does Anita Shannon claim a Trade Mark on Massage Cupping if she has been denied by the USPTO almost a year ago?
Well, at least now after looking into it, I know it is free to use - but it's misleading and illegal to use (tm) when you don't have it, and would like to know why it is happening.