I host a studio room on Aribnb and recently had a message from another host in the area that read -
In follow-up to my note of a few days ago I am writing to respectfully ask that you change the name of your listing to avoid confusion with the name of my listing in the area. Gateway to the Rainforest™ is a registered trademark that I have the rights to use. Your listing name is sufficiently similar to create confusion.
Thanks in advance,
(So i’ve changed the names here to protect her listing, I don’t actually have anything to do with the Amazon rainforest, but essentially it is the same principle, just different natural object ) The name of her listing is “Gateway to the Rainforest” whereas mine is “Amazon’s Gateway”. Our area is commonly known as the Gateway to the Rainforest as this is the last town before you get to the forest, so I guess I didn’t think anything of it when I put up my listing, and I haven’t seen her ad before, though she is a superhost and obviously doing well out of it.
I checked out the trade mark site and she has officially listed it. She also says in her message that she has contacted me about this before, she hasn’t, this is the first i’ve heard from her so i’m guessing she is hunting down everyone who uses the word gateway in the area and has got me confused.
Anyway, just thought this is something hosts should be aware of. I’d never thought of trade marking a Airbnb name. Has anyone else had a similar issue?