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Abandonment and Quality Control

Even if some person or entity was able to prove first use of a trademark in the marketplace for a good or service, if other people began using the same term to describe their independent goods and services at around the same time and continued to do so for several years, any rights created by the first use would be abandoned. At some point OIF realized that any claim it might make to trademarks had been abandoned because all Osho centers and many individuals had been independently using “Osho” for at least nine years. OIF had to recreate history to try and make it appear that the centers had not, in fact, been independent during that time. Around 1998 OIF or Global Connections in Pune had sent out Letters of Understanding (LOUs) for centers to sign. Either at that...

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