Entrepreneur magazine is at it again. (sigh)
We have never been fans of Entrepreneur magazine. Here’s one reason. Its publisher, EMI, a notorious trademark bully is now going after another victim. This time it’s tiny Nashville business incubator called the Entrepreneur Center.
In an article published in July 2011, Entrepreneur magazine spent a half-dozen paragraphs trumpeting the wisdom of Michael Burcham, the director of a Nashville business incubator called the Entrepreneur Center. Four months later, the magazine’s publisher, Entrepreneur Media Inc. (EMI), asserted that the incubator’s website infringed on the magazine’s trademark. In February 2012, EMI sued the Entrepreneur Center in federal court. According to the Tennessean newspaper, the Entrepreneur Center is suing back.
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If it all sounds familiar, that’s because it’s happened before. A lot. As Bloomberg Businessweek’s Paul M. Barrett reported in May 2011, EMI has a reputation as a trademark bully:
EMI goes after a broad spectrum of businesses, ranging from Internet startups to a fledgling clothing manufacturer. In 2001 it persuaded the nonprofit Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University to change the title of its quarterly alumni newsletter, The Entrepreneur. In 2004 it stopped 3Entrepreneurs, a San Diego apparel company, from putting the phrase “Entrepreneur Generation” on T-shirts, sweaters, and hats. At present, EMI is skirmishing with the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and Museum, a one-man website based in Glen Cove, N.Y., with aspirations of someday occupying a brick-and-mortar facility.