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Farhana Huq (individual; founder of Brown Girl Surf)

Consultation on Ownership and Potential Transfer of Trademark

Summary:

Provide a consultation on trademark ownership and rights to the co-founder of a social enterprise committed to expanding surf culture, cultivating community and taking care of the planet.

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Jurisdiction(s): US (CA)
About the Organization: Farhana Huq founded Brown Girl Surf in 2011. The organization’s mission is to create a more diverse, environmentally reverent, and joyful women’s, girl’s and gender expansive surf culture by increasing access to surfing, cultivating community, amplifying the voices of surfers of color, and taking care of the earth. She stepped away from her role as Executive Director of Brown Girl Surf in 2016 to pursue another venture, and now acts as an advisor and volunteer.
Legal Entity Type: Nonprofit/Charity
SDG(s): Climate Action, Gender Equality, Good Health and Well Being, Life Below Water (conservation and sustainability), Partnerships to achieve the Goals, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities
Legal Issue(s):

Farhana put a great deal of her personal money and labor into starting and growing Brown Girl Surf and has owned the organization’s trademark since inception. Since leaving Brown Girl Surf, she has licensed the trademark back to the organization for a nominal amount. The most recent licensing agreement lapsed in 2019, but Brown Girl Surf has continued using the mark. Farhana is now seeking a consultation to discuss what rights she has to the mark, and what the process would look like if she transferred all rights to the current entity.