I hatched this DubStraps idea on here a little less than a year ago and thanks to this forum it's mostly been a fun experience.
Little things, like what popped up in my email this morning start to make it more of a headache. I received a trademark violation notice from eBay taken out by "International Watchman, Inc." saying they had removed my 4 strap listings from the eBay marketplace. When I went to International Watchman, Inc.'s webpage the first thing that pops up is a statement saying:
"NATO and NATO-G10 are Registered Trademarks of International Watchman, Inc.Copyright © 1986-112 International Watchman, Inc. All Rights Reserved."
To me this seems equivalent to getting a trademark on the word brogue for producing shoes. The term NATO pops up on basically every watch strap website I've seen from J.Crew to Leffot. It seems like he's just trying to take out the little guy without the resources to fight back against the request.
I know SF is full of smart, legal minded users so I just wanted to throw this out there before I start getting too worked up.
I'd be happy to forward the Email that eBay sent me if that would help at all.