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As readers of the Stationers Guild news are aware, I am wary of the Chinese.   While I greatly admire their culture and work ethic, the Chinese business model is predatory and is decimating long-established businesses across Europe and the United States. Found below is a sample email that I receive once a month from our Chinese trading “partner”:

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Dear Manager:

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Anhui, China. On November,10th,2011, We received DATON Company’s application that they are registering the name “stationersguild” as their Internet Trademark and “stationersguild.cn“,”stationersguild.com.cn” ,”stationersguild.asia“domain names etc.,It is China and ASIA domain names.But after auditing we found the brand name been used by your company. As the domain name registrar in China, it is our duty to notice you, so I am sending you this Email to check.According to the principle in China,your company is the owner of the trademark,In our auditing time we can keep the domain names safe for you firstly, but our audit period is limited, if you object the third party application these domain names and need to protect the brand in china and Asia by yourself, please let the responsible officer contact us as soon as possible. Thank you!

Kind regards

Angela Zhang

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Consider the absurdity of this request. Who in their right mind would want to register an English domain name for China or Asia? It would be the equivalent of registering a domain name with a Chinese pictogram with a *.us or *.com or *.org URL. One of the reasons for doing so, might be to compete directly in the US market using a trademarked name but with a slightly different URL domain name. This is unlikely for the Stationers Guild, but a a more established brand name could be vulnerable.

What Ms. Zhang is trying to do is scare me – and perhaps hundreds and thousands of others – to register the Stationers Guild with them so they can pocket $50 to $100 a year in registration fees. This is a pure scam. Don’t be fooled.

Richard W. May
Therese Saint Clair

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