Washington D.C. January 31, 2014 (NEWSTRACK). Earlier today, GDR Privee and Charles Gregoire de Rothschild (AKA Aaron Berdah) issued a Press Release relating to a “Settlement” with Rothschild Continuation Holdings, Rothschild North America, and other associated Rothschild family owned enterprises. NewsTrack has investigated the validity of this press release (http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/11/prweb11315416.htm) as well as the court case involved, and has found additional information surrounding this story.
On July 25, 2012, Rothschilds Continuation Holdings AG, Rothschild North America Inc., Rothschild Inc., Rothschild Asset Management Inc. filed an Opposition to a Trademark filed by Charles Gregoire de Rothschild FKA Aaron Berdah. The link to the case file on the USPTO Website is: http://ttabvue.uspto.gov/ttabvue/v?pno=91206235&pty=OPP&eno=1
Within the Opposition filing, the attorneys for the Rothschild family state that Charles Gregoire de Rothschild was “not a member of the Rothschild Family”, and that he changed his name from Aaron Berdah to Charles Gregoire de Rothschild. The Rothschild attorneys further stated “..in or about 1991, Applicant changed his name from Aaron Berdah to ‘Charles Gregoire Rothschild’ to create the false and fraudulent impressions in third persons that (a) he was a member of the Rothschild family.”
In item 45 and 46 of the Opposition Filing, the Rothschild family attorneys state that Berdah changed his name again in 1998 to include “de Rothschild”, in order to “further this false and fraudulent impression.”
Also provided in item 46 and in the Exhibits of the Opposition is a Criminal Conviction and Civil Condemnation of Aaron Berdah aka Charles Gregoire de Rothschild by a French Court for Counterfeiting of the Rothschild Name in both France and Switzerland.
In item 55, the attorneys for the Rothschilds stated, “Applicant (Berdah), through the use of his assumed 'Charles Gregoire de Rothschild' name and the mark Charles Gregoire de Rothschild, has deceived or confused the managers and owners of a number of companies in the United States and Canada and investors and potential investors. Applicant (Berdah) has thereby caused such persons to (a) believe that Applicant (Berdah) is a member of the Rothschild Family and connected with Opposers’ businesses, (b) purchase business advisory and financial services from the Applicant (Berdah), (c) invite Applicant (Berdah) to join their boards of directors.”
Further NewsTrack research has found that Aaron Berdah AKA Charles Gregoire de Rothschild, and his company, GDR Privee Inc., has never received any operating or regulatory license to offer any financial services or consultative financial services in the United States via any regulatory body such as the SEC, FINRA, or other Federal / State oversight entities.
On October 22,2013 Charles Gregoire de Rothschild filed an “Express Abandonment” of his Trademark Application, with prejudice. This filing was with the signed consent of the actual Rothschild Family and their Company counsel, meaning that Berdah has no claim to the name Rothschild or de Rothschild for business use, and can never make a future claim in that regard.
On November 13, 2013 the United States Patent Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board issued a statement that Berdah had abandoned his claim with prejudice. However, they also stated that the opposition mounted by the actual Rothschild Family and their Companies had been dismissed without prejudice, allowing the Rothschild Family to file further actions against Berdah in the future.
There was no “successful and amicable out of court settlement” mentioned in the final summation of the court or Trial Review Board, as indicated in GDR Privee’s press release issued on January 31, 2014. According to all available documentation, Berdah / Rothschild was simply forced to abandon his claims. Review of the case documents show that the issuance of the Press Release by Berdah / Rothschild itself may be in violation of Trademark law as well as his Express Abandonment of name use filed with the court. According to counsel contacted, the press release was issued without the consent of the actual Rothschild Family, or related Rothschild companies.
"We are reviewing multiple options," Counsel for the Rothschild Family and Companies stated.
Filed – NewsTrack – 1-31-2013