This was the email I just received from Automattic. I would like to contest it. Any advice. I am based in the UK and they are in the US. Does this make any difference. Woo is a common English word - used for decades. .
We're writing to you regarding your use of the Woo trademarks at:
As you may know, Automattic owns the Woo, WooCommerce, and WooThemes brands, as well as the associated trademarks. We recently learned of your company, which actively makes use of our registered trademarks in its name and/or promotion. We are very concerned that the use of our marks will create confusion by communicating that your business and/or service is endorsed by or associated with Automattic, when in fact it is not.
While Automattic appreciates that you are providing products that build on the WooCommerce open-source software, that fact does not authorize you to use the Woo, WooCommerce, or WooThemes trademarks. To minimize user confusion and to protect our own intellectual property, we unfortunately must insist that you take prompt steps to address the issue. Specifically, we ask you to please:
Change the name of your company and/or domain name.
Remove any Woo logos you may have used.
Change the name of all extensions and/or themes that use our trademarks inappropriately as part of their name or are named in an identical or confusingly similar manner to extensions and/or themes that we offer for sale in our catalog of WooCommerce Extensions and Themes.
Include a statement that your marketplace is not affiliated with WordPress or Automattic, and direct users to the proper channel for updates and support (if you provide updates and support for the extensions and themes you sell). Alternatively, you should make clear that if your users would like to have updates or support for the extensions and/or themes that they’re purchasing, they should purchase their extensions and themes from our site.
For more information, please see our Trademark Guidelines:
Please let us know once the changes have been made, or if you have any questions. If we don’t hear back from you within 5 business days, we may contact your host or domain registrar to attempt to address these issues.