All content, names of groups, memes, titles, logos, headings, hashtags, uploaded stories and photos, etc… in our groups, websites, written material, etc… are considered Intellectual Property and may not be copied in any part without our knowledge and permission.
We will never use your stories or photos outside of the group YOU posted it to without your knowledge and permission. We will never give permission to anyone to copy member posts or photos. If you are contacted by anyone asking if they can copy your stories or photos, please bring it to the attention of our Administration Team.
Similar to the protocols which our OIT Allergists™ create, perfect, and customize for individual patients, our content and designs, drawings, words, etc… are also “owned by us” and considered Intellectual Property. We made it up in other words.
I have personally created the following names of our groups/nonprofit. But also, since I created the groups themselves, I have given no one permission to copy, use, or trademark these names, or our content for their personal use or commercial gain.
If you obtain permission, you must display our name WITH THE ™ SYMBOL somewhere in your online or printed material. We want to share OIT with the world. We’re not asking too much of you to share our name if you want to use our material.
We will not allow our names, logos, content, etc… to be associated with any pharmaceutical company, research organization, product, or other nonprofit. And no, we are not “all in this together.” We are not “all doing this for the children.” Had the food allergy organizations done their jobs instead of standing by watching children die for the last 10 years, I wouldn’t have had to create any of these groups at all. We helped ourselves. Thanks to our Private Practice OIT™ Allergists ™ we have doctors who will treat our children, selves, and loved ones right now.
Everyone in our groups SHOULD KNOW our names, labels, titles, terms, hashtags, etc… are protected by common law usage with intent to and/or pending registration. Our attorneys suggest we display the “TM” sign to indicate our common law right. If the US Trademark Commission searches or our marks, they will see they are in use. They will not see them in our closed groups though so I must also present this information on all our websites. We have over 500 visits/week on OIT101 alone so hopefully that will do the job.
And it’s not that I’ll chase down anyone who uses our names, within reason. It’s to PROTECT US so companies we refuse to align with, sell to, promote, do not buy and register our marks and use them against us– shutting down our platforms for infringement on “their” name when in reality it’s OUR name. They could present their fraudulently acquired registered trademark to our hosting companies and demand our accounts be shut down. And by law, our hosting companies abide. The USPTO and hosting companies do not know that I created the names or how we’ve been using them. Law is law. But, with a considerable amount of time and money, the law will work for us too. But how many children will die in the meantime?
Every day in our groups someone posts, “I just found you!” And that’s what companies with useless or unnecessary pharmaceutical, or other, products don’t want to happen. If you can obtain “classical”, “traditional”, “natural” OIT ™ at your local allergist’s office, and incorporate the food in question into your daily diet, how will these companies profit? You will be eating the way NATURE intended: without pills, powders, patches, and harnesses… ©
YOU WILL BE FREE!!!
To help the U.S. Trade Commissioner and anyone who wonders if our names our already in use, here is a list. This list may not be complete and it is not presented in order of the date I created it.
Peanut Anaphylaxis Cure ™
Private Practice OIT ™
OIT Trials ™
OIT Canada ™
OIT UK ™
OIT Australia ™
Uniquely OIT ™
OIT Allergists ™
Private Practice OIT Works ™
OIT Works ™
OIT Society ™
OIT Provider List ™
Private Practice/OIT Desensitization Directory ™
OIT Network ™
OIT Nation ™
OIT (Kitchen) Sync ™
OIT Set/s Me/Us Free ™
OIT Engine ™
OIT Allergists/Toolkit/Toolbox ™
OIT Admins ™
OIT World ™
OIT (Ask the) Experts ™
REAL (FOOD) OIT/101 ™
Only OIT ™
Exclusively OIT ™
OIT News ™
OIT Community ™
History of OIT ™
Find an OIT Allergist ™
Find an OIT Doctor ™
Classical OIT ™
Traditional OIT ™
Natural OIT ™
Satellite OIT ™
OIT Faces/Faces of OIT ™
OIT Method ™
OIT Protocol ™
OIT Camera ™
OIT Academy ™
We’ve SAID IT FIRST because we’ve been there from the beginning of, what I coined, “Private Practice OIT.” ™
Generic Oral Immunotherapy has been around from ancient times. However, with the modern epidemic of anaphylactic food allergies, oral immunotherapy was only being studied in hospital/university settings. There were 3 allergists, that we know of now, Drs. Mansfield, Wasserman, and James Baker in Oregon, who were trying to perfect a “food therapy” protocol to treat their own patients outside of a study. I asked Dr. Nash and his colleagues at Duke University to quit their jobs, leave the study setting, and open their own private practice to treat the food allergic children, especially my son who was not a candidate for their clinical trial. And, praise be to everything good in this orld, that’s exactly what Dr. Nash did.
In 2010, I am the one who started documenting “OIT” online and recruiting parents, scientists, and allergists to join our groups and Desensitization Directory. At the same time, unbeknownst to me, Dr. Wasserman was sharing his protocol and presenting at conferences. Admittedly, he did not have the resources to keep track of what the allergists did with his protocol or if they started offering OIT in their own offices. By the GLORY of FACEBOOK, I was able to establish a tremendously motivated and devout group of parents who helped me find more allergists. I connected them for training. I created a “Satellite” program for people who could not travel. I poured my life into establishing a network of people who share our Values and Mission. And we continue to grow and reach more people every day. Our work is FAR from over. So, as an OIT Community, we would greatly appreciate if we were not targeted this way so we can do our work.
IP, Trademark, Copyright, and Patent laws apply to the names and content herein. Contact me if you want to make sure it’s ok to use our names or content. It probably is, but like I said, WE MUST PROTECT OURSELVES AND OIT.
If you’ve already used our names to support our brand of OIT on your shirts, mugs, or jewelry, that’s fine. We do not want to cause hardship for you to go back and place the “TM” mark. We want you to use them and if possible lead folks back to us. For those doctors/patients not on our List, you need permission.
If you are in our groups, and you use our names for us, I’m not so worried. If you’re using our material for your own purposes/nonprofits, my first response is to let you know that I created the work and you have not been given permission to use it. That’s usually the end of it. If your purpose is to expand OUR BRAND of OIT, chances are I will give you permission because that is our ultimate goal. I don’t even care if you make money with it. Our Admins care. So if you donate back to us that is greatly appreciated. Check with us first to avoid confusion. Thankfully, many of you give back and help us pay our hosting and legal fees to set up our nonprofit. Understandably so, my husband does not want to fund OIT anymore. We paid our doctor and thousands of dollars for this Network. If you are in our groups you know I’m always occupied with OIT. We have our own family finances to consider as well.
Our doctors have permission to use our hashtags, sayings, and memes in relation to their own practice–not other nonprofits they belong to or have spun off from our groups. There have been cases where doctors, on and off our our List, have held meeting using “Private Practice OIT” at the top of their registration form, or “The Real OIT,” and collected fees without giving anything back to our organization. In some cases they even use our List as a pipeline to invite our doctors to their functions. Some doctors have published medical articles and taken credit for uniting our Private Practice OIT (TM) Allergists. Not a word about where they stumbled across a united group of OIT Allergists? While it blurs the lines of who is doing what, I think our members ultimately know who is doing the work. However, to the outside world, this confuses them and they may be inclined to use our data and intellectual property without knowing we exist. When you or our doctors mention us in interviews, blogs, medical articles, books, etc… it validates what we are all doing here together. And it makes me SO HAPPY!!! THANK YOU!!!
Only once has this become a federal issue. In which case I refer to the US Patent and Trademark laws regarding INTENT TO DECEIVE:
“If a trademark owner knowingly makes a misrepresentation of material fact during the trademark application process, they have committed fraud on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The penalty for committing fraud at the USPTO is the trademark registration is cancelled. There may be fines and imprisonment.”
“Fraud on the United States Patent and Trademark Office occurs when a material and knowing misrepresentation is made by the trademark applicant or their trademark attorney during to the trademark application process”.
“Failure to disclaim widespread use of the mark by others.”
If you are in our groups, we have the dates that you joined. We also have the dates we created our groups and our names, labels, hashtags, logos, memes, content, etc… If you take our names and use them for your own purposes without our permission, in any capacity, we will be forced to pursue legal action to protect our intellectual property and integrity of our brand.
WE WANT YOU TO USE WHAT WE HAVE CREATED FOR YOU
Just be sure to put a “TM” sign somewhere to let people know that the mark has been created, established, and used by us. If we do not use this mark, there are trademark attorneys among us, and who work for other organizations, who can/will/did knowingly trademark our names and then remove our platforms from the internet including Facebook. If the U.S. Trademark Commissioner searches the internet for the use of our mark and finds it, they will hopefully not grant the registration for the mark.
Some think when they do things like this they are only hurting me. But if you hurt me, you are hurting our entire OIT network including our doctors, their potential patients, our members, and my family. I’m a really nice person and it takes a lot to get on my bad side. But this will do it. I have given up a decade of my life, time with my children, I’ve lost a baby, and a great deal of my own health and happiness to be here and do this for all of you– while my own son was completely healed. Because the trail to that success was utterly nonexistent for us, I am shining a light for you and others to lead you on. Please don’t mess this up for everyone.
Thanks for understanding and helping us help you and others who may not even know OIT is a possibility yet.