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Postal Service makes Niskayuna business change its name

"[It costs] $700 in lawyer fees, by the time I change my signs and change the Web site content this is going to be over five grand with no help," said Salomon.

"For a small business guy " I'm not Kinko's, I'm not some big giant 24-hour-a day-operation; I'm just a little guy," said Salomon.

He said that he has changed the legal name of his business to Copies Etc. Shipping Etc. and has also changed the Web site domain name from www.parcelpostplus.com to www.copiesetc.net. He said that he was forced to turn the original domain name over the United States Postal Service without getting reimbursed for the money he had spent already, or for the money it would cost for a new domain name.

According to Salomon and his attorney, Michelle Wildgrube, the law firm representing the United States Post Office has given Salomon time to make the transition since he's been so cooperative.

"He was compliant; he definitely got back to them right away, and because he was so proactive they were willing to work with him," said Wildgrube.

"I think its one of those situations that had he ignored it, litigation would have occurred a lot more quickly," said Wildgrube.

However, she said that since he was in contact with them and kept them in-the-know about the status of where he was in the name-change process, the firm representing the United States Post Office was willing to work with Soloman and let him take his time.

However, Salomon said, there's a silver lining to every cloud. When Parcel Post Plus, Inc. started nine years ago, it didn't offer nearly as many services as it does today, and its name doesn't truly reflect the business anymore, according to Wildgrube.

The firm representing the United States Post Office was unavailable for comment. An Internet search pulled up businesses across the country with the same name, Parcel Post Plus, Inc. According to Wildgrube, the owners of these businesses have most likely been asked to change the names of their shops, as well.

"They are constantly checking and making sure that people aren't using their registered trademark, which is kind of an interesting job," said Wildgrube.

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