Joined: Mar. 2002
||Posted: Mar. 09 2002,8:43 pm
Thanks for the kind words from Quinn, Mike, and the others. Quinn, it's kind of you to let me post the site name here...I will definitely let y'all know what it is when it's been developed. It will be as functional as geocaching.com except free.
By the way, you may find it interesting to know that geocaching.com has attempted to register a service mark and a trademark (the word "geocaching") with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This demonstrates their true intent and commercial tendencies. If they are approved, that means no one else can technically use the word "geocaching" to describe geocaching anymore on websites, etc. It's as inane as someone trying to get a trademark on the word "skydiving".
Here is the link, if you're interested...what it equates to is they are attempting to make geocaching "their" sport by trademarking it:
(Notice the request was made by "Grounded, Inc. Corporation" [redundant]...this is the same as geocaching.com and if you look for "grounded inc" in google (no quotes), you can verify this...)
Well, it appears the above link only wants to work for a very short time...try http://www.uspto.com and click on the "trademarks" button. Then after it loads the next page, click on "search" under "Search pending & registered trademarks". Then, click on "New User Form Search (Basic)" and enter "geocaching" in the search box. That will bring you right to it.
Note also that while the original filing date was January 26, 2001, the *supplemental register date* (i.e. last action by applicant) is February 20, 2002. What a coincidence. I bet that is the date when someone got the brainstorm to start charging to use "advanced services" at geocaching.com.
I just thought folks may want to know about that. I know I found it enlightening. Mostly, it just pisses me off.
Thanks again for the well-wishes and support...