It has recently come to my attention that another rope supplier is attempting to benefit by using my ‘Amanawa™’ trademark for a product he is launching!
I suppose that I should be flattered that they chose my brand out of all the names out there. It clearly stands out as the ‘gold standard’ and the name that would reflect best on their product 😉 It is certainly one of my top sellers. Mind you, given the stunning quality and the amazingly low prices, it is no surprise.
Please be aware that ‘Amanawa’ only correctly describes my high-grade 5mm and 6mm linen hemp. As many of you know, I have been using this trademark for around a decade via my web site, ESINEM-Rope, my eBay and Amazon shops and my dealer network. If it isn’t this rope in either this natural colour as pictured or dyed (from various resellers), it isn’t genuine!
I have made those responsible aware that I have ‘established use’, being all that is required for an unregistered trademark, and they even acknowledged this in writing, but I have been fobbed off and insulted. They keep mentioning their IP lawyer but have refused to provide any means to contact him despite numerous requests.
At this stage, it is not appropriate to name the offending party. However, they appear to be a German-based seller primarily engaged in wholesale. I simply want to make you are aware that not everything bearing the Amanawa name is a genuine Esinem product. However, the appearance should be sufficient to tell. If you have any doubts when purchasing from any site or suspect an attempt to pass off rope as mine, feel free to check with me.