“it has come to our attention that your unauthorized use of the trademarked name LINK MANAGER on your site (http://zed1.com/b2links/) is too similar to our trademarked name LINKSMANAGER”
The email provides a link to the US Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Applications and Registrations Retrieval service. Wherein you can find details of their registered trademark which is LINKSMANAGER. A search on the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) turns up Asyst Technologies, Inc. who own the trademarked name LINK MANAGER, described as “Computer hardware, namely, serial communications port multiplexes”.
Now my little B2 add-on describes itself as “B2 Link Manager” six times on the B2 Link Manager page which Joel references. There are also eight buttons on the page which very specifically describe it as “B2 Link Manager”, and in the provided HTML I use both Title and Alt tags with the text “B2 Link Manager”.
The email also says
“Because your product manages data in a similar way to how LinksManager manages data”
Well lets just look at that for a minute: From their home page we get:
LinksManager Features * No software to download or install * Fast, easy setup, or get a free setup from LinksManager support * Import your current links pages - no retyping or recoding necessary * Full cosmetic control to seamlessly blend your links pages with the rest of your website * Quickly add, edit, and delete links from your website - no coding or FTP necessary * Pages can live on our server, or your server * Automated Top Link Lists showcase your most popular links * Automated email notifications for every step in the link exchange process * Reciprocal link checker searches the net to verify that your link or banner exists on all websites listed on your links pages * Dead link checker identifies and flags dead links listed on your links pages * Auto link rotator rotates your links nightly to insure equal coverage for all of the links on your site * Highlight new links with special graphic identifiers * Special automation features use LinkPartners.com to find link swap partners fast and easy * And much more! Click here for a full feature list
None of these apply to B2 Link Manager!
If we look at their code of ethics page which describes the “Linksmanager concept” thus:
LinksManager was designed to automate the following tasks: * Manage link categories, including add, modify, and delete * Manage links, including add, modify, and delete * Rotate links pages alphabetically * Check for dead links * Check for link reciprocation on other websites * Send courtesy emails between webmasters swapping links * Search links * Import links site name, URL, and description only (LinksManager does not import email addresses) * Upload links pages automatically the account owner's server * Perform visual cosmetic changes to the account owner's links pages * Create Top Links Lists to display the most popular links
Now, B2 Link Manager can do the first two; but none of the others. So I’m a little puzzled as to how “your product manages data in a similar way to how LinksManager manages data”.
Maybe Joel has mistaken me for one of these people.