All is well, that ends well
by Claudio Ernesto Manzati
After releasing the test issue N 00 of “POST HORN Magazine of International Postal History” at Milanofil 2019 and officially presenting it at Stockholmia 2019, the timely release of this issue, N 01, was not so obvious. In fact as soon as the New York-based Scandinavian Collectors Club (SCC, http://www.scc-online.org/posthorn) heard of the launch of POST HORN, they contacted us claiming primogeniture rights on the use of the name. In fact, the SCC, which includes collectors of stamps and postal history of Northern Europe from all over the world, have been publishing since 1943 a magazine called “The Posthorn – Journal of Scandinavian Collectors Club”.
It took about 7 months and a live meeting with the SCC Board representatives in Stockholmia 2019 to come to an agreement between the parties. The meeting was successful thanks to the friendly and much appreciated mediation of the Royal Philatelic Society London and of Wolfgang Maassen, President of the International Association of Philatelic Journalist.
We must, however, take a step back to 2018, when, with Thomas Mathà, Giorgio Migliavacca and Clemente Fedele, we decided to launch our magazine, selecting among many options its name and, with it, its editorial line.
The name underwent due diligence by BRUGGER & PARTNER, a law firm specializing in Trade- Mark with the European Trademark Agency. The outcome was that the name was free in segment 16, ie. that relating to newspapers and magazines.
For the sake of the record, it is important to point out that the name POST HORN is the symbol of the brand and is freely used by other newspapers and magazines, by Philatelic Associations and by National Post Offices. The application for registration filed with the European Trademark Agency was approved this July; in the meantime the SCC filed the request to register its trademark through the American Federal agency
Coming back to the present day, a draft agreement is currently being revised that states the need to inform the respective SCC and CIFO constituencies of the agreement, and provides for exchanging an advertising page in their respective magazines. We are looking forward to signing that agreement shortly.
Thanks are in order to Chris King, Past President of Royal Philatelic Society London, and to Prof. Charles Openheim, RPSL Fellow and Trade-Mark expert, for their impartial assistance in facilitating the reaching of an agreement between SCC and CIFO.
So – as they say – all is well that ends well. I would also like to thank – on behalf of Thomas and Giorgio as well, who share with me the birth and growth of this magazine – the many of you who expressed nice words of appreciation for our Number 00.
Although the task for our editorial staff is now more difficult due to the greater expectations, we willingly welcome this challenge, knowing that we can count on a large number of friends who are certainly going to providethe material and the stories to share in our POST HORN Magazine of International Postal History.