Perjury at "Forn Sidr of America"

In a previous article (“Forn Sidr of America” a Fraud) we posted about an America group stealing the name of the real Norse Forn Sidr in Norway, infringing and disparaging their registered trademark, while using fake names, and pretending in their bylaws to… condemn cultural appropriation!

In the latest development, Amanda Mims, Ruthann Isbell, Eliza Baker, Cassandra Cordova, and Casey McCarthy (their real names) of “Forn Sidr of America”, have now committed perjury by willfully making false statements under oath to the United States Patents and Trademarks Office. A Criminal offense.

They have lied about their first use of the mark, falsely claiming to be 4 April 2019, in an attempt to demonstrate use one day prior to the formal registration of the real FORN SIDR in Norway as an official religion. They also fraudulently filed their application with the USPTO on 15 June 2019, in the name of a corporation that didn’t exist until 17 June 2019. They further falsely claimed they were not aware of anyone else having rights to the mark, when they had in fact be served with a Cease and Desist order on 13 June 2019.

All in an attempt to steal the name of the real FORN SIDR. Not realizing that public records establish they are lying, while demonstrating the real FORN SIDR started using the name in America as early as 9 February 2016, or several years before “Forn Sidr of America”.

Here’s the evidence:


EVIDENCE OF FRAUD BY “FORN SIDR OF AMERICA”

“Forn Sidr of America” false claim of first use of the name as early as 4 April 2019

Forn Sidr of America lied under oath when they claimed they had first used the “FORN SIDR” mark on 4 April 2019. In fact, as their Facebook page clearly shows, they started using the name on 8 April 2019.

That’s over 3 years after the first documented use of the name in the United States by the real FORN SIDR, and 4 days after the formal registration of FORN SIDR as an official religion in Norway.

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Even the domain name FornSidrAmerica.org, parked without a web site until April 2019, was registered on 14 January 2019.

That’s nearly 3 years after the first documented use of the name in the United States by the real FORN SIDR, and over 8 months after the domain name FornSidr.com was registered by the real FORN SIDR.

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The Twitter account of “Forn Sidr of America” was created in October 2018.

That’s nearly 3 years after the first documented use of the name in the United States by the real FORN SIDR, and over 5 months after the real FORN SIDR created a Twitter account.

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“Forn Sidr of America” fraudulent USPTO filing under corporation that didn’t exist

The incorporation of “Forn Sidr of America, Inc.” took place on 17 June 2019 in Colorado. 2 days after a trademark application was filed with the USPTO under the name “Forn Sidr of America, Inc.” In other words, under an entity that didn’t exist at the time. Also 4 days after being served a Cease and Desist Order.

That’s over 3 years after the first documented use of the name in the United States by the real FORN SIDR, and nearly 6 weeks after the formal registration of FORN SIDR as an official religion in Norway.

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“Forn Sidr of America” false claim of right to the mark

Forn Sidr falsely claimed to the USPTO on 15 June 2019 that they were not aware of any other party with rights to the mark, 2 days after receiving a legal Cease and Desist Notice (Full notice at http://www.nidingar.com/nidingar/fornsidramerica/ceaseanddesist_fornsidramerica_2019-06-13.pdf)

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The bad faith is so unprecedented, that a formal complaint is also pending with the Colorado Bar Association against the lawyer who took part in this fraud.

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ESTABLISHED AND DOCUMENTED PRIOR USE OF THE NAME BY THE REAL FORN SIDR

In contrast, the real FORN SIDR can establish prior use of FORN SIDR in the United States as early as 9 February 2016.

Mark used in services in the United States as early as 9 February 2016.

Mark used in services in the United States as early as 9 February 2016.

Fornsidr.com (US) domain registered on 11 May 2018.

Fornsidr.com (US) domain registered on 11 May 2018.

Facebook page created on 10 May 2018.

Facebook page created on 10 May 2018.

Twitter account created in May 2018.

Twitter account created in May 2018.

Formal registration in Norway as an official religion on 25 Sep 2018 and finalized on 5 April 2019.

Formal registration in Norway as an official religion on 25 Sep 2018 and finalized on 5 April 2019.

USPTO Filing on 13 June 2019, before “Forn Sidr of America” fraudulent application based on filing date, let alone 44(E) basis (existing trademark registration).

USPTO Filing on 13 June 2019, before “Forn Sidr of America” fraudulent application based on filing date, let alone 44(E) basis (existing trademark registration).

And of course, the actual trademark registration in Norway.

And of course, the actual trademark registration in Norway.