"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." -Shakespeare
A Shakespeare quote could ever so delicately suggest that a name characterizes across the board with no individualized factors belonging to any particular name at all. Can you say the same about your popcorn? Is all Chicago Mix® the same? I think not. People of the world, don't be fooled by todays' market, believe it or not, the only real Chicago Mix® is produced and brought to you by yours truly, Candyland of Minnesota. Candyland will continue to preserve the integrity of Chicago Mix® by bringing you...
THE TRUTH ABOUT CHICAGO MIX®
So go ahead, ask the question! Why would a St Paul company trademark 'Chicago Mix' for an amazing popcorn product, and associate it with a completely different city? The Candyland store owners swear by their story, when an idea for mixed popcorn sparked in their mind during a regular day for business. The couple had recently returned from Chicago, where the popcorn industry was just beginning to unfold. They would decide to advertise the new specialty popcorn combination as "Chicago Mix" as a tribute to having had a great Chicago city experience. As the impressive new and unique product started to fly off the shelves at Candyland, the owners found importance in trademarking Chicago Mix® to protect it and make it their own. Big city names plus amazing products equals success and interest, Chicago Mix® was bound to become a trophy product. Who would have thought that a disastrous battle would become of the trademark Chicago Mix®.
Candyland has been using the trademark for over twenty years, which by law would make the mark incontestable. By using our mark to identify their popcorn products companies infringe at their discretion, punishing the entire nation with over-priced, bad tasting, unappetizing, tainted mixtures of popcorn that don't even come close to the original Chicago Mix®.
Candyland has decided to create a list of the shameful companies who continue to steal and dishonor Chicago Mix®. The mark is by no means generic and we will actively continue to save its identity, because it is incomparable to all other popcorn mixtures, and is of utmost value to Candyland. Chicago Combo, Chicago Blend, Chicago Style, Chicago Corn, or anything similar is still protected under our rights to the mark Chicago Mix®, many companies do not understand this and do not consider is to be infringement, but it is.
Our trademark Registration Number for Chicago Mix® is 1,713,984.
If it weren't for the uprising costs of litigation, we do not think there would be an issue. With the uncertainty of the outcome it was not in the best interest of Candyland to invest in the high cost of pursuing these companies in court. Times have changed, and Candyland has launched the ®espect Chicago Mix® Campaign in efforts to remind people of the American way of doing business. With pride, integrity and faith - we know what's right and we must protect the mark to the fullest extent with the Laws and Rules that outline and researched when we received the rights to the mark.
1. King of Pop aka Gourmet Gift baskets, listed their product as “Classic Chicago Mix ™” falsely using™. After months of repeated demands to stop infringing they did finally change their mark to another infringing mark, “Chicago Style.” They were told that “Chicago Style” was not an acceptable substitute from day one but the infringement continues...
2. Popcorn-Stop, when we tried to contact this company they didn't even want to tell who the owners were so we could properly address the Cease and Desist letter. They originally stopped using Chicago Style, and changed it to openly refuse to stop using the mark. They continue to use Chicago (Cheese & Caramel) to identify their popcorn mixture.
3. Popcorn Palladium, used to use Chicago Style, now they just call it Chicago.
4. Popcorn Poppa, Chicago Style, which is hidden within the tin filling menu.
It is our duty to police the market to prevent and remove infringement, we have been highly successful in protecting our rights over the years. Our reviews of the popcorn products are based solely on our opinions we encourage you to try THE ORIGINAL Chicago Mix®, which holds THE highest standard when it comes to flavored popped popcorn.
Candyland would like to extend a thank you and commend the popcorn companies who abide by the United States Trademark Laws and Rules and those who have acknowledge our exclusive rights to mark Chicago Mix®, and our popcorn fans around the world.
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