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Trademark Policy

Last Updated: January 11, 2021

Respect Trademark/Service Mark Rights

Using a service mark or trademark (collectively, “trademark”) without the trademark owner’s permission on the Website in a manner that may mislead or confuse others about who you are or your brand affiliation may violate TipSnaps.com’s Trademark Policy.

How Do You Report a Violation?

When asserting a trademark violation, you should identify the allegedly infringing work and the legal basis for your claim, including the registration or application numbers for your trademark (if applicable).

Specifically, please provide a report to abuse@tipsnaps.com that includes the following information:

  1. Your contact information (name, email, address, and telephone number)
  2. Identify if you are the trademark owner or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the trademark owner
  3. Identify the trademark
  4. Identify the Registration No. or Application No. associated with your trademark (if applicable)
  5. Identify where the trademark is registered
  6. Describe the goods or services in connection with which you use your trademark
  7. Describe where you use your trademark
  8. Identify the location of the infringing activity on the Website (e.g., provide us with a link) and describe how it is a violation

We only investigate reports from a trademark owner or authorized agent.

How Does TipSnaps.com Process Trademark Reports?

On receipt of a report, we do the following:

  1. Review the report to determine that it is complete.
  2. Determine if there is a violation of our Trademark Policy. If we act based on a report, we will provide the impacted account holder with your name and the information included in your report so they can respond to the claim.
  3. In some instances, we may also give the impacted account holder an opportunity to comply with our policies or file an appeal.
  4. Any appeal must include an explanation of the impacted account holder’s side of the situation, along with any relevant materials for us to review. A successful appeal will likely result in the restoration of the content or account.
  5. Remember, TipSnaps.com has the discretion to make and implement reasonable determinations of how trademarks are used on the Website.
  6. However, TipSnaps.com cannot serve as the arbiter of disputes among third parties. Any further dispute between you and the impacted account holder should be resolved directly between you.
  7. Please note that TipSnaps.com may, at its discretion, share a copy of your notice with third parties, including for publication.

Don’t Impersonate Others!

You are free to parody, marvel, and rain praise on others, but you cannot pretend to be any other person or company.

Thus, don’t do things that would cause confusion between you (or your community) and a person or company.

What is Not a Violation of this Policy?

Any reference to another’s trademark is not an automatic violation. For example, I love Pepsi!

It is permissible for an account holder to use a trademark in a manner that is outside the scope of the trademark owner’s rights. For example, a service mark for accounting services likely will not apply to entertainment activities.

You can use someone’s trademark to refer to their goods or services—just not in a way that confuses other users about whose trademark it is. In other words, nominative and other fair uses of trademarks do not violate this policy. However, an account holder that uses a trademark must clearly distinguish itself from the trademark owner.