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Spam Arrest Continues Its Trademark Fight Against Hormel

Seattle, Washington -- January 8, 2007

After a Half Million in Fees, the Final Hearing in Spam Arrest's Long Battle Against Hormel Will Occur in New York, Feb. 23, 2007 Before a Live Audience of Trademark Attorneys

Spam Arrest LLC, which provides the popular web service software to eliminate email spam, hopes to end its four year legal battle against Hormel next month.

Spam Arrest is the only company ever, except Hormel Foods Corporation, to secure a trademark including the word "spam" recorded on the principal United States trademark register. For nearly four years, Spam Arrest has defended its trademark against Hormel's lawsuit seeking to cancel the SPAM ARREST trademark registration.

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the federal administrative court charged with overseeing the national trademark office, has decided to hold the final hearing for case number 92042134, Hormell vs. Spam Arrest, before a live audience of trademark lawyers in New York City. The hearing will take place at the Practicing Law Institute in New York on February 23, 2007.

Spam Arrest has incurred almost $500,000 defending its trademark rights. "We've spent years fighting for our trademark, while much larger companies have simply abandoned their trademark applications after threats from Hormel," said Brian Cartmell, CEO of Spam Arrest. "Not one person confuses our anti-spam service with Hormel's canned meat -- the average American consumer is smarter than that."

"Spam Arrest is defending not only their own trademark, but the right of every anti-spam company in America to use the term 'spam' in marketing and branding," added Derek A. Newman of Newman & Newman, lead counsel for Spam Arrest. "There are hundreds of companies affected by Hormel's overly broad interpretation of its rights, and hopefully Spam Arrest will ensure that all such businesses can accurately describe products that combat spam."

"No matter the outcome of the hearing," said Cartmell, "Spam Arrest will continue to provide the best anti-spam service in the world, saving businesses and consumers both time and money by eliminating the hassle of unwanted email."

Spam Arrest has successfully prevented billions of unwanted communications (i.e. SPAM) from reaching customer email boxes since 2001.


Spam Arrest LLC is a Seattle-based company that has developed a simple, patent-protected and affordable system that efficiently stops spam. The company has grown substantially and steadily since its 2001 launch, while expanding services and increasing functionality. Spam Arrest continues to monitor automated junk email techniques and upgrades automatically as necessary to protect its users. For more information visit http://www.spamarrest.com or contact via email.


Derek A. Newman of Newman & Newman by Telephone at 206.274.2800

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