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Univera Life Sciences
Hall Of Shame Member
Added June 25, 2008

Last Updated - February 7, 2010


"Experience Renewal" is the battle cry of Univera Life Sciences. We think they should change it to something more in line with their half-baked Compliance Department's head-up-their-ass approach. How about, "Experience Our Stupidity"? Or, "Where Stupid Is Not Overrated"?

We offer you the following little tid-bit from the US Copyright Office, directly quoted from Circular 1, Revised July 2006, which states:

What Is Not Protected by Copyright?

Several categories of material are generally not eligible for federal copyright protection. These include among others:
  • Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs; mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, or coloring; mere listings of ingredients or contents
[emphasis added].

For contrast, we offer you the head-up-her-ass answer from one Erica Clemmens, a Compliance Specialist (read - can't find a real job idiot) at Univera Life Sciences, where she attempts to explain why a perfectly legal auction for Ageless Xtra was terminated by Univera Life Sciences:

I understand you used your own picture and that is compliant; however, using text that is on our label in your description is not. Any writing on our products is still considered copyrighted material and may not be used in your description.

So, we ask Erica Clemmens, a Compliance Specialist at Univera Life Sciences, what part of mere listings of ingredients or contents do you not understand? Since Erica Clemmens does not list any legal qualifications but rather refers to herself as a Compliance Specialist, we have to assume she is some desk flunky being paid to troll the internet to harass legitimate re-sellers of the over-priced, over-hyped health products being sold by Univera Life Sciences.

And Erica, who considers it to be "copyrighted material"? The voices in your head? Univera holds NO certificates of copyright registration. If the labels are that great, why hasn't Univera obtained certificates of copyright registration on the labels? Or are you just talking out of your ass as we suspect?

We think Univera Life Sciences is hiding behind the very low standards that eBay has and uses very low standards to stop people from re-selling their products. They, like other health nut companies, Juice Plus comes to mind, want to control who sells their product. That's the real issue, control, not what is written on the label.

We have a problem with a company that makes such sweeping "feel good" statements on their web site, coupled with statements about how thoughtful, loving and compassionate the company is, while the company spends the time and money to hire someone to troll the internet for people whose only offense is that they are not Univera Schucksters.

Univera Life Sciences is another example of why there is a need for severe civil penalties for trademark and copyright abuse by the rights owners. Clueless Erica Clemmens, on behalf of, and presumably upon orders from, Univera Life Sciences is wantonly placing small sellers in jeopardy of losing their eBay accounts by improperly, and illegally, ordering eBay to terminate legitimate auctions that are not infringing. Shame on you Univera Life Sciences.

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