Hi guys, Today I had a few listings removed from a well known auction site due to a 'trademark violation'. The 'violation' is based on the use of a generic phrase to describe the style of this particular product. This phrase has been used by multiple brands in my industry over the last 10-20 years, and continues to be used by at least two or three brands today. For example, it'd be like an unknown jeans brand trademarking the term 'bootcut' - so major players like Levi and Wrangler couldn't use it any longer, despite them having used it for decades. I buy these items from a brand, this particular brand is stocked in Boots, Tesco and many more high street shops. We all know this person won't go after them, because her claims are frivolous, and her trademark frankly a joke. The person that registered the trademark is basically a bedroom seller and a complete nobody in the industry, hell bent on causing trouble for everyone else. The mark was only registered a couple of weeks ago, at the end of April. My question is: Is it abusive to register a trademark on a phrase that has been used for years in a particular industry? The listings I had removed from the aforementioned website actually pre-dated the trademark application itself. So I had used the terms in my listings before this idiot even considered trademarking them. I've done some searching online but can't find a whole lot about abusive trademark registrations. I'm not particularly concerned about the listings being removed, but I am concerned about this moron contacting my webhost with a cease and desist letter and potentially having my website disrupted (where I also sell the same products). Any advice would be much appreciated! Thank you.