Back in November, 2006, when my Dad first heard three legged dogs referred to as “Tripods,” he thought it sounded kinda derogatory. That’s when he thought it would be neat to empower that word and turn it into something more pawsitive, so he started spelling it “Tripawd” and registered the tripawds.com domain for this website.
Last year, my parents filed a USPTO trademark application for the word “Tripawd.” They did this because they wanted a way of protecting the special meaning of the word to make sure that it would only be used in pawsitive ways to help three legged dogs and show the world that … “It’s better to hop on three legs than limp on four!“
“TRIPAWD/s” is now a registered service mark (Serial #77491232 / Registration #3586016 ), found under the name of “Agreda Communications,” which is the company run by my parents, Jim and René where I served as the Chief Fun Officer. Tripawds.com is a special project near and dear to the hearts of the Agreda team.
My parents trademarked Tripawds not to capitalize on the word, but to ensure it’s proper use and integrity. They don’t want anything in return from anyone who wants to use the word “Tripawds” for limited, personal use, other than giving credit to the Tripawds.com website.