Dallas-Based Charity Team Building Company Files Federal Trademark Lawsuit Against the California Non-Profit Organization Together We Rise

Build-A-Bike ® Team Building Activity

We have to be very diligent to protect the Build-A-Bike ® trademark from infringement.”

Last week, The Leader’s Institute, LLC, a Texas charity team building company filed a federal trademark lawsuit against the Together We Rise Corporation, a California corporation. According to court documents in the lawsuit, styled The Leader’s Institute, Inc. v. Together We Rise – U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Case No. 3:17-cv-02604-N, The Leader’s Institute, LLC (TLI) alleges that Together We Rise Corporation’s (TWR) use of the phrase “Build-A-Bike” in conjunction with team building activities constitutes trademark infringement, unfair competition, and unjust enrichment.

The Leader’s Institute ® has offered the Build-A-Bike ® bicycle building team activity since 2005, and the company owner, Doug Staneart applied for and received a Federal Trademark for the name in 2006. The Build-A-Bike ® team activity is a workshop where corporate teams work together to build bicycles for underprivileged kids in their local area. “It’s been the most popular team building activity that we offer for over a decade, because it is so much fun, and it also helps kids in the community,” said Staneart. “For most training opportunities, we look for a win-win scenario, but with Build-A-Bike ®, it’s a Win-Win-Win, because the companies that we work with gain better teamwork, the participants learn new team building skills, and the local communities receive a welcomed donation.”

“We work with over 400 of the Fortune 500 companies,” said Staneart, “and they recognize the Build-A-Bike ® event as a specific activity that combines a quality learning experience with a…

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