Editors note: This occurred in 1997-98 and is no longer as big
an issue as it once was.
An attempt to trademark
the terms "Usui System" and "Usui Shiki Ryoho" (Usui System of Healing)
is being made by Furumoto Inc. in the USA. These Reiki terms are currently
in use by over 1/2 million people in the US and by many others outside
the US. They have been in use for over 70 years, ever since Dr. Usui
rediscovered Reiki. Because of this, they are in the public domain and
no one has the right to trademark them. However, if the trademark office
is not informed of their current and past use, it is possible that Furumoto
Inc. could receive a registration for them. This would give her the
power to decide who could or couldn’t use them. We feel that all Reiki
practitioners should have the right to use these terms.
If you would like
to protest the trademarking of these terms, write a letter to the below
listed office explaining that you use these terms in your Reiki practice,
how long you have used them and that it would be detrimental to your
Reiki practice for someone to have exclusive use of them. Also include
the above details, any other information you think would be pertinent
and a copy of any certificates, flyers or other literature you have
with these terms on them. The more people that write protest letters,
the better, so please ask all your Reiki friends to send letters. There
is urgency, so please send your letters as soon as possible.
We were informed
that the trademark attempt includes a claim to original use of the terms
related to Reiki starting in 1980. If you are connected to Reiki teachers
who used these terms prior to 1980, including Mrs. Takata, and can document
prior use, with certificates, flyers, etc. please consider sending this
information to the International Center for Reiki Training, 29209 Northwestern
Hwy., #592, Southfield, MI 48034 so we can include it in a formal protest
Include this information for USA:
Serial # 75-290069 "Usui System"
Serial # 75-290071 "Usui Shiki Ryoho"
Letter of Protest
Assistant Commissioner for Trademarks
Box AC Office
2900 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202-3513
Also please send a copy of your protest letter to:
The International Center for Reiki Training
21421 Hilltop St., Unit #28
Southfield, MI 48034
We will compile all the letters for a formal protest if needed.
Canada, the following terms have been applied for:
App. #. 0850,564 "Usui System of Reiki Healing"
App. #. 0850,563 "Usui Shiki Ryoho"
App. #. 0850,562 "Usui System of Natural Healing"
App. #. 0850,561 "Reiki"
To protest the trademarking of these terms in Canada, send your letters
Canadian Reiki Association
Box 40026, RPO Marlee
Toronto, Canada M6B 4K4
The Canadian Reiki
Association is working with a lawyer and will consolidate the letters
and send them in together - which is apparently the best way for Canada.
Also, please send
Reiki to this situation. As we work together, we will preserve the right
for all of us to practice Reiki freely and use the names we have always