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Update #41 - For backers only

USPTO = NO SHOW

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Update #40 - For backers only

CLOSED DOORS REMAIN CLOSED

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Update #39

Update #39 NEWS! We go to Washington DC + Thank you Mr. Andrew Lawrence of the USPTO!

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Howdy Backers of A Defiant Dude! 

We've finally (finally!) got some news -- we've been invited to attend a meeting that's happening late next week just outside of Washington DC at the United States Patent and Trademark Office between the USPTO's reviewing attorney, Mr. Andrew Lawrence, Managing Trademark Attorney at the USPTO, and Bo Muller-Moore's 'Eat More Kale' legal team: his pro bono lawyer, Daniel Richardson in Montpelier, and Ashlyn Lembree, Director of the Intellectual Property and Transaction Clinic, University of New Hampshire School of Law's Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. 

We're grateful to Mr. Andrew Lawrence for allowing this to happen, as he's the person at the USPTO who is currently deciding Bo's trademark case, and the person who gave 'Eat More Kale' its non-final rejection to receive a trademark on the grounds that it would likely cause confusion with Chick-fil-A and their trademark, 'Eat Mor Chikin'. 

What will happen at the meeting, we don't know -- will this be an opportunity for the USPTO to set the record straight with Bo's attorneys? Will the USPTO shed light on the status of Bo's case? Will Bo's lawyers be able to ask Mr. Lawrence about Bo's case? 

One thing we know for certain is that Bo won't be saying anything at the meeting -- according to Bo, he's been told that he "...can attend, but he must remain quiet". 

Meanwhile, we've asked if we can bring our cameras to the meeting and are hopeful that we can show you the story of what happens there -- hopefully, this will be one of those rare moments in government that don't happen behind closed doors -- either way, we've been invited to accompany Bo to the meeting so we'll be able to report to you what happens late this week at the USPTO.

We'll send another post out late Thursday or on Friday with news of what happened at the meeting.

As always, THANK YOU for your support!

Jim, Bo and the crew of 'A Defiant Dude'


Update #38 - For backers only

No News from USPTO + Innovative Documentary Storytelling + Ask a Question for Our Interview

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Update #37 - For backers only

It's Cold in Kale Land (or, Waiting on the USPTO)

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