On the SEOmoz I was surprised to see some doofus (there are worse names for these kinds of clowns, but seemingly clueless that I like to think of him as being more like Moose out of those old Archie comics) was registering SEO as his trademark. Like he’d get to own the letters or something.
I guess what is even more shocking is the fact he’s gotten so damn far! I mean, seriously, guy, you and your lawyer need to get a clue. As that lawyer who works with Rebecca points out, there’s no way in hell that any judge would reasonably honor that crap even if you did win!
Furthermore, your application says you’ve been using that term since 2007. Two thousand fucking seven?!?!?!? Seriously? Either you really have no clue, are a horrible liar or suffer from honest attorney syndrome. And if it’s honest attorney syndrome, you’re screwed. However, it appears to me he thinks you’re a total tool and is more than happy to dry up your hard earned dough! I don’t know how a contingency contract would work on that, but I pray for your sake that’s how the deal was set up. And if you’re not working with an attorney and got one of those generic trademark registration forms you heard about during the commercial break to Coast to Coast AM, this is exactly why you need to actually hire a friggin’ lawyer!
Lookit, Jason (can I call you Jason?), I enjoy jacking with people as much as the next guy or gal. But this, you’re just looking silly, angry, confused and jackass-ish. I think you ought to just let a sleeping dog lie. I mean, you’re trying to be an SEO for a living, right? All this is doing is making it so if a potential client searches for you to see if you’re legit or not, you’re gonna’ come off as some sort of crazy-ass kook. Cut your losses and comeback to Normal Land before it’s too late. Trust me, it’s a long walk to Normal Land from Kookville.
At any rate, good luck with the trademark thingy and then all the cease and desist letters you’ll be sending out if by some miracle Hell actually does freeze over. I’m sure this won’t be the last we hear from you!