Great Nick, it is good that you guys are on top of this. This maybe a urgent thing to deal with. I totaly agree with you @dirvine, it is just a matter of adapt and find a solution. The crypto landscape has changed drasticly between 2017/2018, a few years back this would have been hard to forsee.
I looked up Ethereum to see how they had done, and Ethereum is trade marked to the Ethereum foundation.
This trademark problem may cause some problems, if for example people watch the Safecoin video on youtube and then google Safecoin, they will find that Safecoin project as the first top search result.
Here is a citation from
“I read that this Safecoin (SFE) has nothing to do with Maidsafecoin (MAID). But the funny thing is, when this Safecoin (SFE) was being promoted, Safecoin was supposedly the newer coin of Maidsafecoin and all MAID coins were going to be converted to SFE. There were several exchanges selling SFE also. I almost bought SFE because I figured why buy MAID if I have to go through the trouble with the conversion to SFE. In the end, I decided to buy STORJ because STORJ already had a working product. Thank God I did not buy SFE. Now SFE is only on one exchange. Not once did MaidSafeCoin claim that SFE was a fake. So it makes me wonder if SFE was created to steal people’s money. Now I will not trust MaidSafeCoin company.”
There is good name suggestion in this thread for a name that is not yet trademarked, if the decision will be to change name then I’am sure you guys know that it is quite urgent. But it might be good to keep this on the down low until a decision has been made.
Suggestions for some actions: Activate marketing team and community on this, hunt down every location on forums, youtube and so on and make sure that people gets informed that the Safecoin project has nothing to do with Maidsafe or the SAFE-network.
Create a counter-site named safecoin, but I just saw they all seems occupied.
One positive thing is that this problem have accoured before the launch of the SAFE-network and not after the launch. It is sad that this problem may occupy time that could be spent on better and more fun things, but life is life.
And here is a link to a global trademark site that works on global trademarks inline with the Madrid protocol.