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Old 02-09-2017, 07:50 PM   #1
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So, Pete the Painter of Illinois won his case against PPG, The day after Chrisn sent me a link to the verdict, I got a letter in my mailbox telling me that I have to change my company's name.
I am looking for some input on what I should change it to. Right now I am thinking about changing Peter Martin Professional Painting Services, so that way if there is any confusion about Pete the Painter no longer being around, at least they can track me down with my name.

Any Thoughts, advice, anybody have to go through this before?
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Well, whatever you change it to, you're going to have to create an info update thingy to send to all of your current/past contacts/customers.....preferably with your old and new logo/etc. so they make a visual connection as well as absorbing the written info.


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How about Peter the Painter? Or Painter Pete?

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Well, whatever you change it to, you're going to have to create an info update thingy to send to all of your current/past contacts/customers.....preferably with your old and new logo/etc. so they make a visual connection as well as absorbing the written info.


Good luck Pete!
Thanks, I already have the letter thing planned.

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How about Peter the Painter? Or Painter Pete?

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Thanks, based on conversations I had over the summer with his lawyer I doubt the first one will work.

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Pete The Professional Painter. One up......
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How about "Court Ordered Painting" or Cop? Or "Paint Talk Pete's Painting and Bee Keeping" or whatever?
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The Peter Painter?
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Thinking about Pete's Painting Services.

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So, Pete the Painter of Illinois won his case against PPG, The day after Chrisn sent me a link to the verdict, I got a letter in my mailbox telling me that I have to change my company's name.
I am looking for some input on what I should change it to. Right now I am thinking about changing Peter Martin Professional Painting Services, so that way if there is any confusion about Pete the Painter no longer being around, at least they can track me down with my name.

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I'm sorry Pete. I know Pete in Illinois (he's in my PDCA chapter) and have heard him talk about his case for a few years now. I totally empathize with your situation.
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Just keep the same name and add MA at the end MA for Massachusetts.
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Yeah the more I'm thinking im about it I think you should see if added to the name would work. Like Pete the Painter in MA. Then I'd only use the in MA part for business related filings and keep everything else Pete the Painter. Technically I'm Paragon Painting,

Inc but the Inc is dropped except for my checks, bank account, and business filings.

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What exactly happens if you don't change your name?

This is your name after all. Quite literally.

Also, I don't think it's a good idea to change it much. Perhaps these will work.

Pete, The Painter Guy
Pete, The Painter Man
Pete, The Painter of ________

Seems like for SEO stuff that will help with search results.

I didn't follow the history of your company name. Sounds like it's happened once before given the title of the thread. At some point, I would probably tell someone to piss off.
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This is not actually the second time I have changed my name, just the second time dealing with "Pete the Painter" in Il. I have changed mu name to Pete the Painter of Gloucester, but because of the internet I come up second in a web search. Letter claims that there could be confusion that I an associated with him. Since this site is public I will not express how I feel about this arguement.
I do not have enough cash to hire a lawyer at over $200 an hour to fight it.

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I'm sorry Pete. I know Pete in Illinois (he's in my PDCA chapter) and have heard him talk about his case for a few years now. I totally empathize with your situation.
I remember meeting that guy at the meeting up there. Is he a one man show, or got a big company?
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Your company name should not include your personal name. Imagine if you ever want to sell it. If you grow, it will be problems because people are wanting to hire "Pete," not one of Pete's employees. Using your personal name really limits your business IMHO.
Your company name should state what you do, and how you do it.
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I got one about a week ago that wanted all my contact info, which he could of gotten off my website. I went back and forth with him a few times (I like to do this for awhile for kicks and giggles) until he told me he was in the hospital and needed a favor. I am not sure why this is their MOD. Once he told me that I told him I knew he was a scammer and told him to f off. These people are so clueless. This one thought I was Pete the Painter in IL....the one that threatened to sue me if I did not change my comany's name.

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It's all because you didn't forward Pete the painter in IL this potential client.

If I were you I would start learning the law on company names and defend myself. Even if I lost, I would feel better wasting his money on lawyers.
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This is not actually the second time I have changed my name, just the second time dealing with "Pete the Painter" in Il. I have changed mu name to Pete the Painter of Gloucester, but because of the internet I come up second in a web search. Letter claims that there could be confusion that I an associated with him. Since this site is public I will not express how I feel about this arguement.
I do not have enough cash to hire a lawyer at over $200 an hour to fight it.

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Sorry to hear all that. Kinda sad when it comes to the whole lawyers for everything stuff. Most people don't have the money and even if they do, they don't want to spend several thousand on a lawyer when they have other things to spend thousands on.

Have you ever thought of an acronym? Maybe PTP (Pete the Painter) and you can use the parenthesis in your advertising but the actual name is PTP? Or maybe something similar? Just a thought.
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Some good information and background history on this issue here in this thread.

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Sorry to hear this issue has resurfaced Pete. Life ain't easy.
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