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Catawba College Professor Challenges LeBron James Over Bracelet Trademark

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A Catawba College professor has come to an agreement with LeBron James over a trademark dispute.

Professor Pamela Thompson created the 'I Promise' project. She sells iProm!se bracelets and buyers make a commitment to change a habit or support a cause. Thompson donates to charities from the sale of the bracelets.

One of Thompson’s students noticed the 'I Promise' bracelets for the LeBron James Family Foundation looked similar to Thompson’s bracelets. Thompson says when the student showed her the similarities, her first thought was affirmation that her creation was solid.

She says, “In a way, I was like, ‘You know, I always knew this was a good idea,’ so that was the original thought. It was interesting, and then I think it took me a little while to gather my thoughts.”

She then hired an attorney and filed a dispute over the trademark.

“I’m like, ‘You know, I’m going to see what happens, and I learned every step of the way,” Thompson said.

She says if it hadn’t been for her students paying attention to a celebrity having a similar product, she may have never known there was something else like hers on the market.

“I commend her a lot. If it was my idea, I would challenge it as well,” said student Latia Bostick.

Another student said, “It’s an inspiration for sure. You created something. That’s yours. You've got to defend it.”

“The one thing I would say to anyone starting a business is realize that you may have something of value, to go the extra mile and get that patent registered, that trademark registered,” said Thompson.

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