Paul Cudmore, UPEI Access-Ability Committee member, sued for trademark infringement and unethical business practices
UPEI Access-Ability Committee spokesperson Paul Cudmore has been named in a lawsuit filed August 6th, 2009 in the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island for copyright infringement and unethical business practices.
The lawsuit, filed by PEI Disability Alert Inc., alleges that Paul Cudmore of Charlottetown PEI has infringed Disability Alert’s trademark without permission by passing himself off as Disability Alert.
The claim also alleges that Cudmore has engaged in “false, misleading and deceptive” business practices by passing himself off.
Also named as a co-defendant is Michael Bryanton, of Charlottetown doing business as Hampshire Hosting. Bryanton is alleged to have registered and holds the domain names which use the trademarks of PEI Disability Alert Inc.
“We are just a small, not-for-profit charitable organization,” said Stephen Pate of Disability Alert “but we have to protect our name from people who want to use it in a deceptive and unethical manner.”
“People should not represent themselves with other organization’s trademarks. Coke is Coke and the Canadian Cancer Society is the Canadian Cancer Society” said Pate. “Cudmore and Bryanton should not be using our name since neither of them is a member of PEI Disability Alert. Cudmore’s insistence on passing himself off with our name makes us wonder about the groups he belongs to.”
Along with his role on the UPEI Access-Ability Committee, Cudmore is a high-profile volunteer at the 2009 Canada Games, a board member of the PEI Canadian Paraplegics Association and NEADS National Educational Association of Disabled Students.
“Volunteers like Paul Cudmore, who was the 6,000th person to sign up, are so important,” said Canada Games President Joe Spriet Games Volunteers Ready for Action
Cudmore and Bryanton have 20 days to file a defense in the action.
PEI Disability Alert is a non-profit research and advocacy organization. Formed in 2006 by Stephen Pate, it was incorporated on PEI in July 2007. It is well known in PEI for publicly advocating about disability issues.
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