Oatmeal Studios is a New England based card company that was started 35 years ago in Vermont. The company is suing TheOatmeal.com, a comic website founded by Matthew Inman. TheOatmeal.com now has a partnership in place with Recycled Greetings to publish his cards. Below is a statement that Oatmeal Studios sent out about the lawsuit:
We are a small New England Greeting Card company, founded 35 years ago in Vermont by a woman who loved to design cards and her husband. Oatmeal was the name of their pet rabbit. Over the years they steadily built the business through hard work, and today we have over 2100 outlets nationally, including many small local stores as well as bigger chains. The Greeting Card industry is very competitive. We were alarmed to hear recently that one competitor, a large greeting card and gift company (and part of one of the world?s largest publicly traded Greeting Card companies), announced the introduction of a new line of cards, ‘The Oatmeal’, to be sold nationally to many of the same customers we serve. They clearly have infringed on the rights that our original founders worked so hard to create decades ago. So, we sent a cease and desist letter and filed a complaint to address this issue. This large company has known about Oatmeal Studios® and competed against us for years, and we are simply trying to protect our name and defend our rights.
Oatmeal Studios is not a fan of Reycled Greetings’ parent company Papyrus either.
Matthew Inman of TheOatmeal.com is wrapping up a lawsuit that was filed against him by Funnyjunk.com’s lawyer Charles Carreon.