Hi Kathy, Thank you for your additional information,
You have a great idea about the reunions and I am sure those who participated in rodeo shows love the idea also. It would be a shame to have to stop them if this individual gave you trouble about the name. It is quite possible that the original owner who put on the Rodeo shows registered the name either as a "Fictitious Name", or a "Doing Business As" and may not have sold the name when he sold the rodeo. The fact that he is not using the name presently, does not diminish his proprietary right to use it. Nor does it make a difference that all the proceeds go to charity. I think it's a great thing you are doing for both the past participants in the rodeo shows and also for those who benefit from the proceeds of these events. But, if the name has been registered by someone else, you would need permission to use it.
Since this individual had his lawyer contact you, it would be a good idea if you replied to the lawyer and in that reply, ask the lawyer why you cannot use the name and tell the lawyer that you registered the name and you were not informed at that time that someone had already registered that name. And, if that is the case, would he please send you proof that his client registered the name, otherwise you will continue to use it in accordance with your registration of that name. Then, see what, if any proof, the lawyer sends you.
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