Opposition to Americord’s Trademark Withdrawn by Cord Blood Registry

Americord informed today that a trademark infringement case brought against it by rival cord blood bank Cord Blood Registry (or CBR Systems Inc) was defended successfully by them. In the case brought before the Trademark Trial And Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office last year, CBR alleges that Americord Registry’s use of the trademark CordAdvantage was an infringement against its trademark and opposed it.

Americord Registry was founded in 2008 and is the leading company in the United States that involves in the process of collecting, processing, and storing of newborn stem cells from umbilical cord blood for future medical or therapeutic purpose. These stored stem cells can be used to treat almost 80 blood diseases such as sickle cell anemia and leukemia and a lot of other diseases. Americord is registered with the FDA and functions in all the 50 states in the USA.

President and CEO of Americord, Martin Smithmyer, said that his company was delighted that CBR has pulled back its opposition against the usage of the ‘CordAdvantage’ trademark. He also said “We felt confident from the beginning that we had the right to use the CordAdvantage trademark, however, the process of defending a trademark can be a challenge, and we are glad to have it resolved.”

CordAdvantage actually specifies a specific product being developed in Americord under the guidance of Dr. Robert Dracker, the company’s Executive Medical Director. CordAdvantage is actually in the last stage of development and it is a process that will utilize a registered process to maximize the volume of stem cells that can be harvested from cord blood found in the placenta immediately following the birth of a child. The trademark for the term CordAdvantage was filed by Americord almost two years ago and it had been an inherent part of the identity of Americord’s brand since the commencement of the company.

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