Sophia Forino, 14-years-old, and her younger sister, Marissa, developed a crude prototype cloth that is a simple way to keep a smartphone or tablet clean. “It’s basically just like a microfiber cloth that I cut out and you turn it over. I put double-sided tape on it.” Before filing with and receiving a trademark from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for their product “HypeWipes”, the family conducted a Google search and paid to have an exhaustive third-party search done on domain names.
“So we’re going through all the names, checking them off, and they were like, ‘HypeWipes.’ It was not taken; different variations of it weren’t taken,” Forino said.
Shortly thereafter, the girls received a threatening notice from Current Technologies Corporation of Crawfordsville, Indiana, the maker of the Hype-Wipe
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