Boehringer Ingelheim sent a letter to Mr. Sexton dated June 14, 2011, as notification that they donated $10,000 to the Kobi Fund in honor of Mr. Sexton and Stimpy. In a subsequent letter dated January 10, 2012, from BI, making reference to another $5,000 donation to the Kobi Fund, explained the details of their educational campaign. This is the part I find most interesting, the letter states, "As part of this effort, we also provide tools to veterinarians and their staff members to help them address the issue of the risks and benefits of vaccines. Of course, addressing injection site sarcoma is part of this message". Scroll down to see the actual letters.
Now here is the problem...Gary Norsworthy, DVM, is speaking at the Western Veterinary Conference being held February 17-21, 2013, and BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETMEDICA is the SPONSOR! But this is the real kicker; Norsworthy will be discussing "Vaccine Associated Sarcomas," a misnomer. A misnomer is a word or term which suggests a meaning that is known to be wrong.
Needless to say Mr. Sexton and ALL who have lost their beloved pets to VAS are a little upset. Mr. Sexton posted the picture above in a Facebook group and then received the following letter via email.
In case you cannot read the text, here it what it says:
Dear Mr. Sexton:
It has come to our attention that you are currently placing the Western Veterinary Conference’s logo into your website, without our authorization.
I oversee the management of our intellectual property and brand for the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC). We have very strict guidelines as to how and where our intellectual property can be used. We are also aware of the federal laws and regulations of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. As such, the unauthorized use or posting must cease immediately.
This letter is to formally request that you immediately cease using our intellectual property and remove all references to it in current and future postings. Moreover, this letter is to formally request that you communicate this information to all relevant persons in your group.
If we continue to see unauthorized use of our intellectual property from your company, we will be prepared to take legal actions against you.
Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Manolita Bisnar Moore, MBA
Annual Conference Director
Western Veterinary Conference
2425 E. Oquendo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89120