Why does the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology ban the use of their acronym on the eyetec.net website?
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The International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology has demanded that eyetec.net stop using their acronym, which we will represent by *J****O. This acronym has been trademarked by the Joint Commission and as such they have the right to restrict it's use. The Joint Commission says they are restricting the use to "avoid confusion". Eyetec.net has courses they are an alternative to and compete with some courses that the Joint Commission produces.
Thus the Joint Commission is intentionally limiting the ability of people to find eyetec.net courses. We all know that no one types in "Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology" when they do an online search. They type in "J****O".
Eyetec.net has never claimed any affiliation or endorsement with *J****O. We have had disclaimers, "no affiliation" notices, and trademark notices on the footer of eyetec.net pages since the inception of the website in 1998. This footer appears on most pages of eyetec.net and always appears on the homepage. We have used the *J****O acronym in the past only as a means of identification of our course products.
The qualities, value, and effectiveness of eyetec.net courses are not derived from the endorsement or lack of endorsement from *J****O. The qualities, value, and effectiveness have been certified by the thousands of ophthalmic personnel who have used the courses over the past 24 years to pass certification exams and to expand their knowledge of ophthalmology.