Saturday, April 07, 2012

MedHab's StepRite is One of Many

Medhab's initial product, presumed to be manufactured in San Angelo, has a common name, StepRite. While MedHab has a trademark application for StepRite, at least three other organizations utilize it.  One sells orthopedic shoes, another diabetic shoes and the last is a youth leadership organization.

Jim Turner from ConchoInfo has concerns about MedHab's intellectual property and StepRite name rights.  The US Patent and Trademark Office received MedHab's trademark application on November 9, 2011.  Ironically, San Angelo Mayor Alvin New filed his second affidavit on his equity stake in MedHab on November 1, 2011. 

The City of San Angelo approved a $3.6 million economic incentive package for MedHab on January 3, 2012.  The USPTO finished reviewing MedHab's StepRite trademark on March 20, 2012.  It shows "Published for Opposition" with an April 24, 2012 date.

Who else might object?  Steprite is also a brand of Irish Dance Shoes, a Scottish industrial floor installer, a collection of wood flooring products and a work platform ladder.

If MedHab gets the Steprite trademark, might they hire a StepRite Event Planner for their San Angelo plant grand opening?  That'd be beautiful.

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