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Old 12-31-2008, 10:22 AM
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You know, as a professional photographer, I am constantly on my kids to quit copying CDs and DVDs. I understand this very well. But our use of a term, here, has no effect on this company's business. In fact, this whole thing could backfire on them (because of folks avoiding the company.) The whole image of an "Orchidarium" as supplied by this company, may have been something useful, but not now. There is a huge difference between using a term or an image unlawfully and using it innocently as a reference. In fact, stable companies often cherish others using their logos and trademarks, because they add to the business. But when you have a weak business model, then, what do you expect?
Hi Ross! I'd hoped that you would see that my approach was one of humor, and also disbelief. Read the last sentence of my post! And the other scatological references, too.
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:30 AM
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OK, I guess I'll chime in as well....

Yes, I own an ORCHIDARIUM. I did not purchase it from the company as Becca did but it is their product none the less. So I guess that gives me the right to use the word, though after reading Ross' post, Orchidarium is not the word I would choose to use right now.....

As a business owner I think that the damage this man has done to the reputation of his company is immeasurable. Word of mouth advertising can be better than any you can pay for or it can kill your business! I can tell you that if I ever considered purchasing another Orchidarium it won't be from Orchidarium.com. In my opinion, his attitude toward this is petty and unprofessional.
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:34 AM
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OK, I guess I'll chime in as well....

Yes, I own an ORCHIDARIUM. I did not purchase it from the company as Becca did but it is their product none the less. So I guess that gives me the right to use the word, though after reading Ross' post, Orchidarium is not the word I would choose to use right now.....

As a business owner I think that the damage this man has done to the reputation of his company is immeasurable. Word of mouth advertising can be better than any you can pay for or it can kill your business! I can tell you that if I ever considered purchasing another Orchidarium it won't be from Orchidarium.com. In my opinion, his attitude toward this is petty and unprofessional.
If you buy another one, just don't get an orchidarium! I heard "tanks" are the latest craze!
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:53 AM
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I own an orchidarium...... I even built the damn thing myself (Single handed) It is much bigger than anything that they could ever supply..... and they could never ship it here as well. It is over 200 square metres and four metres high Sorry but i don't know the old fashioned imperial measurements.


One question:- How come America is the only country that you hear about, in regards to taking everyone to court for the slightest things?
America has a huge reputation for that
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:01 AM
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Sorry but no...you do not
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you own a tank, or a plantarium, or a terrarium or a wardian case


I think we have to have a contest here to create the word we should be using
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:02 AM
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Well, I certainly didn't lose any sleep over this issue (Just got up).

Couple observations:

It's my understanding that trademarks are intended to keep other companies from selling a similar product with the same name. This issue has been debated many times in court and lots of money has changed hands. This isn't the case here. I have never produced a product for sale that I referred to by their registered name. Now I had one (a tank) made to my specs (that I feel is far superior to the other product). I find their products incredibly expensive and the nature of my article was to describe an alternative way of doing things. More often then not I refer to it as "tank" - rarely Wardian Case, but sometimes may have used this verboten term.

I went back and changed the term in the article they were concerned with. If I missed any, please point me to those. Thanks.

In the past, I have led others to the company site, intending they look the product over and perhaps make a purchase. I assure you, those days are over!

Purchasing these items from another vendor still supports this company. Resale still benefits the original producer. Just want to point that out.

I bear no anomosity towards this company because of their PM. I found it childish and I thank you all who have participated in this thread for the research you have done. It helps establish the value of this post. Thanks, Sue, for making it a sticky. I agree we want no actions to bear negatively on this great board.
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:03 AM
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I want to trademark 'Pleurodarium' - the tank I grow my Pleurothallids in... I can be fairly certain that at least I came up with that word first! All references found by google point back to me.
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:06 AM
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I want to trademark 'Pleurodarium' - the tank I grow my Pleurothallids in... I can be fairly certain that at least I came up with that word first! All references found by google point back to me.
Can I use Angaecoidarium? Huh? Please.....
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:07 AM
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I want to trademark 'Pleurodarium' - the tank I grow my Pleurothallids in... I can be fairly certain that at least I came up with that word first! All references found by google point back to me.


With that line of thinking, I should be calling my small EXO-TERRA (I LOVE my EXO-TERRA) a Masdevallium!

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Old 12-31-2008, 11:09 AM
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Okay folks, I'm burning some brain cells (not that there are a lot left ) on how to go about a contest/poll to create a word for these big glass boxes that we are all growing orchids in
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