Home Jinni Inc. Files Petition with the USPTO to Cancel SMRTV INC.’s Registration of the ConnecTV™ Trademark

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HOME JINNI INC. v SMRTV INC. USPTO Trademark Cancellation Petition.

Home Jinni has been marketing the brand ConnecTV™ since 2009.

Home Jinni Inc., developers of the ConnecTV™ Smart TV platform, has filed a petition with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to cancel SMRTV INC.’s registration of the ConnecTV™ trademark (cancellation #92055129). According to their press releases, SMRTV INC. is using ConnecTV™ as a mark for a social TV service offered in partnership with broadcast groups Barrington Broadcasting Group, Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co., Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television Inc., Media General Inc., Meredith Corp., Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. and Raycom Media.

Home Jinni's CEO, Shidan Gouran, states, “Since November 2011, we have attempted to negotiate with SMRTV INC.. We informed them of our prior commercial use of the ConnecTV™ mark in the USA. The fact that this situation has not been rectified to date has led to our petition with the USPTO."

Shidan Gouran goes on to state, “At the time that Mr. Aaron and SMRTV INC. registered our brand ConnecTV™, even a simple query of the term on Internet search engines would have shown a significant portion of the results, including leading industry blogs, publications, marketing videos, advertisements and press releases pointing to Home Jinni’s Smart TV product and, the fact that we had presence under the ConnecTV™ brand at the CEA’s CES tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada, in partnership with established US companies. SMRTV INC. never contacted us for clarifications on our prior use of the brand before registering our mark. We have, in fact, commercially licensed our Smart TV product under the ConnecTV™ brand in the USA before SMRTV INC. registered the mark. We will exercise all available options for defending the integrity of our brand.”

About Home Jinni Inc.
Home Jinni Inc. is a company providing white label solutions for end user programming and control of the digital home. Home Jinni licensees include leading US microchip vendors in the CE industry. http://www.homejinni.com

Legal Marks: Home Jinni and ConnecTV are trademarks of Home Jinni Inc. CES is a trademark of CEA.

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