Vermont (USA) start-up Designbook revealed that it had been approached by lawyers from social-networking giant Facebook, pushing it to change its name. Facebook has filed an opposition to the trademark “Designbook” at the US Patent and Trademark Office.
In its battle, Designbook got an unexpected powerful ally: the governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin.
Having read about the news, the governor wrote a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging him to let Designbook be. Shumlin seems very protective: “The Vermonters behind this company are the type of people that make me proud to be this state’s Governor. They are young, entrepreneurial, and innovative. The last thing these Vermonters deserve is for a giant corporation to threaten them unnecessarily. We don’t stand for that type of injustice in Vermont.”
Designbook is happy with the political backing: “It’s great to start a business in a state where the governor is supporting small businesses and against misuse of the trademark system. The opposition is a distraction from creating an awesome Web application.”
Powerful friends can get you a long way, so we are eager to see how this book will end.