I don’t know where to begin this post. Its the blog post that I have been waiting to write and at times, writing in my head, for close to 21 months. Today is a big day here at The Painted Sheep. I suppose I should start by sharing the news:
“The Painted Sheep” and the sheep logo are now the registered trademarks of The Painted Sheep, LLC.
Perhaps I should backtrack a bit. Some time ago, there were some behind the scenes goings on here that were extremely stressful. So stressful in fact, that I considered just shutting down and giving up my little dream of having a fiber business. I’m not going to go into great detail or name names. All I will say about what happened is that the name of my business was threatened by someone. I fought her and won when she changed her name. What kept me going all along was the knowledge that I had first use of the name The Painted Sheep and that it is my intellectual property. I was lucky enough to have an amazing group of people providing me with legal assistance and for them I am incredibly thankful. After I successfully won that battle, I applied for trademarks for the name The Painted Sheep and for my sheep logo.
Today, l learned that my trademarks (holy shit, I love to say that!) were registered by the USPTO on Tuesday. It has been a long road to today, sometimes horribly stressful. I applied for my trademarks last April, though all of this started in June 2007, shortly after I started. Its the little thing I’ve been hinting at periodically, the big news that might be coming about The Painted Sheep. In reality, I know that all you’ll ever notice is that now, instead of a TM next to my sheep and the words The Painted Sheep, there’s an R symbol (but please, notice it! seriously, changing them all over was just so amazing). It means that I have protection against another so and so, should anyone be so foolish. And for me, this is a huge victory. I stood up for myself in a way that I haven’t before and I won.
The fact that I got this news today, of all days, was huge. My personal life has been extremely stressful lately and this morning, I went through one of the worst experiences of my life. And then this news came and gave me a little glimmer of hope, a sign that things are going to get better, that I can fight and win.
There’s one more thing – I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m planning a new tattoo, to celebrate something momentus. Its going to be this:
My little victory dance, permanently engraved on my shoulder.