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I have a small business selling hand made items. If I am using the same scents that are available wholesale in my products as the other business is, is this a problem? I am being told that I have infringed on their proprietary intellect.

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I am in Florida, the competitor is based out of Georgia.

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I received a letter from their attorney telling me that I needed to change products, packaging, design, graphic representations, marketing representations, product descriptions, product names, and other items. Thus my question about scents.

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Business Law
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Are you creating the scent independently that just appears to be similar or using another’s product and formula?
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I have changed labels and wording. They products sold are nothing that isn't everywhere else. For instance, we both sell all natural deodorant. Same scents.
Business Lawyer: Infolawyer, Attorney replied 3 months ago
I do not see an issue. Not selling another product as your own.Please let me know if the reply is acceptable by responding “yes” or “acceptable”
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Using another product and formula or using all natural essential oils.
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Acceptable
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