By Miriam Raftery
June 13, 2017 (El Cajon ) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued an order cancelling Ben Kalasho’s trademark for the San Diego-East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce name. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board held that the trademark caused confusion with the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce based in Detroit, which has been using the name since 2001.
The board held that the trademarks were similar and that the local group used the entirety of the Detroit group’s name in its branding.
Kalasho founded and served as President of the local Chamber before stepping down earlier this year to avoid conflcts of interest after his election to the El Cajon City Council. Kalasho’s wife, Jessica, currently serves as President.