Trademark Attorney in Ladson SC
If you are a successful business owner, protecting your intellectual property rights is one of the most important steps that you can take to safeguard your company. Often, hiring a trademark attorney in Ladson to register a trademark is an arduous process that results in outrageous hourly fees and complicated paperwork.
At Sausser Summers, PC, our goal is to make the trademark registration process as straightforward and cost-effective as possible, so that you can focus on growing your business while we take the necessary steps to protect what you have worked so hard to build.
Unlike other law firms, Sausser Summers, PC provides flat fee trademark services at an affordable price. Our goal is to eliminate the uncertainty that comes with hourly work, so you know exactly how much your total expenses will be at the outset of our relationship.
With a BBB A+ rating, we are consistently ranked as one of the top trademark law firms in the U.S. We aim to provide you with the same five-star service that you would receive from large firms, with a modern twist at a rate that won’t break the bank.
How Sausser Summers, PC Flat Fee Trademark Service Works
Our flat fee trademark process is simple, streamlined, and consists of three steps:
- Choose your trademark service and provide us with information about your trademark through our online questionnaire. Once this is complete, you will pay the flat fee for us to move forward.
- Our trademark lawyers in Ladson will conduct an extensive search to make sure you are in the clear to register your trademark. Once our search has concluded, we will send you a legal opinion letter informing you of our search results.
- Our trademark attorneys will file your trademark and provide updates throughout the registration process.
Our three-step process lets you:
- Work one-on-one with an experienced trademark attorney in Ladson who will consult with you at your convenience.
- Save your hard-earned money with our flat fee trademark services.
- Gain access to a licensed trademark attorney who will file your trademark application.
- Get updates on your trademark application as it moves through the registration process.
- Focus on running your business while Sausser Summers, PC handles the hard work. No headaches, no hidden fees, no tricks.
Trademark Services at a Glance
Whether you need help maintaining your current trademark or require assistance canceling an abandoned mark, Sausser Summers, PC is here to help. Here are just a few of the trademark services that we provide to clients:
Comprehensive Trademark Search – For many entrepreneurs, this is the first and most crucial step to take when it’s time to safeguard your business and intellectual property. Your trademark attorney in Ladson will conduct a thorough search of the USPTO Federal Trademark Database and each U.S state’s trademark database. We will also perform a trademark domain name search and a trademark common law search on your behalf. We will follow up with a 30-minute phone call, where we will discuss the results of our trademark search and send you a drafted legal opinion letter.
U.S. Trademark Filing – Once your trademark lawyer in Ladson has completed a comprehensive trademark search, the next step is to file a trademark application. We will submit your application within 1-3 business days and keep you updated on its USPTO status throughout the registration process.
U.S Trademark Office Actions – These actions are essentially initial rejections of your trademark by the USPTO. Applicants have six months in which to respond to this rejection. For a flat fee, your trademark lawyer from Sausser Summers, PC will compose a response on your behalf so that you may continue to focus on your day-to-day business tasks.
U.S Trademark Renewal – If you already own a trademark, Sausser Summers, PC will renew your registered trademark so that it remains current. Extended protection varies depending on how long you have held your trademark. We encourage you to visit our U.S Trademark Renewal page to find out which renewal service best fits your current situation.
U.S. Trademark Cease & Desist – Whether you have been accused of infringing on someone’s trademark and received a cease and desist letter or have found an infringer on your own mark, it is imperative that you respond. If you have received a letter and do not respond, you might be sued. If you find an infringer and do not demand that they stop, you may lose your trademark rights. To discuss the best course of action for your situation, we recommend you contact Sausser Summers, PC, for a risk-free consultation at no additional cost. Once you speak directly to one of our attorneys, we will send your cease and desist letter or respond to the one you have received for an affordable flat fee.
Statement of Use – If you plan on using your mark in commerce, you must file a Statement of Use to notify the USPTO. This filing must take place six months after you receive your Notice of Allowance. For an affordable flat-rate fee, your trademark attorney in Ladson will make any requisite filings on your behalf. Before you decide on a course of action, we encourage you to contact our office at (843) 654-0078 to speak with one of our attorneys. This consultation will help us get a better understanding of your situation and is always free and confidential.
Additional U.S Trademark Attorney Services
In addition to the services listed above, we also help our clients enforce their trademarks, monitor trademark filings, and even help protect business owners from trademark infringement on platforms like Amazon and Etsy.
Have questions about our flat-fee trademark services? It would be our pleasure to speak with you at your earliest convenience, so that you can preserve the one asset that sets you apart from everyone else: your name.
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Beaufort boat wins SC Mahi Series, Hooked on Miracles King Mackerel tourney returns
Tommy Braswell Special to The Post and Courier
Catches of large dolphin earned teams competing in the 2021 South Carolina Mahi Series some big paydays for the event that ended June 5. Participants in the event that began May 10 were allowed to choose two fish days and weigh two dolphin (also known as mahi mahi) each day with their two heaviest fish counting toward the top prize. She Agreed, captained by Mike Szucs out of Beaufort, won the tournament with a two-fish aggregate of 84.1 pounds, including the tournament’s heaviest dolphin, a 61.7-pound catch. She Agreed ea...
Catches of large dolphin earned teams competing in the 2021 South Carolina Mahi Series some big paydays for the event that ended June 5.
Participants in the event that began May 10 were allowed to choose two fish days and weigh two dolphin (also known as mahi mahi) each day with their two heaviest fish counting toward the top prize.
She Agreed, captained by Mike Szucs out of Beaufort, won the tournament with a two-fish aggregate of 84.1 pounds, including the tournament’s heaviest dolphin, a 61.7-pound catch. She Agreed earned $18,000 plus another $9,700 for winning the Mahi Big Fish TWT (tournament within a tournament).
Bush Hook, captained by Jeffrey Sawyer of Summerville, took second place with 73.2 pounds, a 48.5 fish and a 24.7-pound catch. Bush Hook earned $8,500 from the main tournament and another $5,700 for finishing second in the Mahi High Roller TWT.
Third place went to Yates Sea, captained by David Yates of Mount Pleasant, with a two-fish aggregate of 72.2 pounds. Yates Sea won $4,000 from the main tournament plus $9,500 from the High Roller TWT.
Rounding out the top 10 finishers were: Fish Tanked, Johnston McCurry, Johns Island, 72.2; The Drum, Burton Harbin, Traveler’s Rest, 63.9; Reel Pipes, Timothy Redd, Aiken, 62.8; Sandman, Mike Holmes, Walterboro, 62.6; No Limit, Marvin Benford, Summerville, 59.1; Water We Doin’, Shevlin Howe, Isle of Palms, 57.9; and Sea Spur, Elliott Koonce, Georgetown, 55.5.
Sandman, which finished seventh overall, actually enjoyed the tournament’s biggest payday. Sandman took the winner-take-all S.C. Big Mahi TWT with a 41.5-pound catch that was worth $24,000. Sandman also won $850 for finishing seventh and $3,800 for finishing third in the Mahi High Roller TWT, a total of $28,650.
The tournament’s three heaviest fish — She Agreed’s 61.7-pound catch, Yates Sea’s 53.2-pound fish and Bush Hook’s 48.5-pound catch — were all caught on May 17. Sandman’s 41.5-pound catch, the fourth heaviest, was caught June 2.
Stocks and Bonds, captained by Michael Schiess of Pawleys Island, won the Tuna TWT with a 31.9-pound yellowfin worth $8,200.
Neal Koonce, fishing aboard Sea Spur, was the top youth angler with a 30.8-pound dolphin. Lauren Sawyer, aboard Bush Hooked, was the top lady angler with the team’s 48.5-pound dolphin.
“I’m extremely happy with the way this tournament is going,” said tournament director and founder Capt. Marc Pincus of Hilton Head. “We had 105 boats last year, which I thought was miraculous. I was trying to get 50 and ended up with 105. To get 128 boats this year, I was really excited.
“Even though you have to go far out, the mahi fishery is something a lot of people can go out and enjoy. It’s a fun fishery that gets a lot of people involved.”
Pincus said he chose the April-June timeframe for the event because that’s when it seems the dolphin fishery is at its peak. Pincus also runs the S.C. Wahoo Series (scwahooseries.com), which ended April 24, and he said it seems every year that a big dolphin shows up the final week of that event. He said a 50-pounder caught the final week of the S.C. Wahoo Series won the dolphin TWT.
“May is our red-hot time for dolphin. It’s not unusual to go out and catch 10, 15 fish. And that’s what we want,” Pincus said. “If people go out and catch fish then they have a good time. If they go out and get skunked, it’s hard to get those folks back.
“I thought this year was a super bite. Everybody I talked to was catching fish and that’s what you want.”
The S.C. Mahi Series is the middle event of the three-tournament HUK South Carolina Saltwater Series. Pincus said this year 52 boats are participating in the overall series, a good number, he said, when he was hoping for at least 15 to 20. The top points earner will win $2,500 cash and a $2,500 HUK gift certificate. Second place will win a $2,500 HUK gift certificate.
The final event is the S.C. Fall Classic (scfallclassic) king mackerel tournament, which runs Sept. 21-Nov. 7. Participants in the S.C. Fall Classic can choose two fish days, weigh two fish each day, and have their three heaviest count toward the aggregate total. The top prize is $20,000.
“We had 100 boats last year and 80 the year before,” Pincus said. “I thought 100 was exceptional and my goal is to get back to 100 boats.
“Fishing in last year’s tournament was outstanding. The fall kingfish bite is unbelievable here, off the chain. Boats were catching 20, 30 fish a day and most were over 30 pounds. It’s an incredible fishery we have here in the fall. People will catch 15, 20 kings and they may not win the tournament but they’ll remember that day and there’s a good chance they will come back and fish again next year.”
Hooked on Miracles king mackerel tournament
The Hooked on Miracles King Mackerel Tournament will return following a one-year absence because of the coronavirus with competition scheduled July 17 out of Ripley Light Yacht Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the MUSC Children’s Hospital.
The captain’s meeting for the tournament (hookedonmiracles.com) presented by Key West Boats will be held from 5-9 p.m. July 15, with an MUSC children’s outing aboard the Billistic on July 16. Fishing hours on July 17 are from 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. with check-in from 2-5 p.m. First prize, based on 125 paid entrants, is $25,000. The entry fee is $400 per boat.
The Swamp Fox chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual fundraising banquet and auction on June 26 at the Exchange Building at the Exchange Park on Highway 78 in Ladson. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the sportsman exhibits with dinner at 6:15 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Contact Wayne Grace Jr. at 843-834-7779 or Karen Whaley at 843-870-3480 or email email@example.com.
America’s Boating Club Charleston will hold a boating safety class June 26 at 1376 Orange Grove Road, Charleston. The class begins at 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Successful participants earn the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Boater Education Card. The cost is $25 for adults and youth 12-18 are free. Call 843-312-2876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATV popularity in SC spiked during coronavirus pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic raged across the country last year, transforming Americans’ homes into makeshift offices, schools and day cares, many families sought out new hobbies to escape the tedium. Some of them turned to bread-baking or knitting. For others, distraction came from the thrill of power sport vehicles. A record number of residents filed title applications for all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, in 2020, according to data from the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, and local dealers said they are struggling to keep ...
As the COVID-19 pandemic raged across the country last year, transforming Americans’ homes into makeshift offices, schools and day cares, many families sought out new hobbies to escape the tedium.
Some of them turned to bread-baking or knitting. For others, distraction came from the thrill of power sport vehicles.
A record number of residents filed title applications for all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, in 2020, according to data from the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, and local dealers said they are struggling to keep power sport vehicles in stock.
“For a lot of people, it’s a new thing they’ve never done,” said Josh Riojas, a salesman for Charleston Powersports. “It starts with one, then they get a second one for a family member, and it just kind of grows into a family thing.”
The Motorcycle Industry Council reported in February that the sale of power sport vehicle rose substantially in the United States last year.
Sales of off-highway motorcycles, including dirt bikes and trail bikes, rose 46.5 percent year over year, according to the council. Sales of ATVs jumped 33.8 percent over 2019.
“Overall, the industry had a good year under difficult circumstances,” said Erik Pritchard, president and CEO of the council. “The COVID-19 pandemic forced all of us to be nimble and to make the changes we needed to survive. In the end, many in the industry saw strong growth, and now our opportunity is to keep all of these new riders riding and to inspire even more people to join us on two, three and four wheels.”
Interest also spiked in South Carolina, according to DMV data.
The number of titled ATVs in the state increased nearly 54 percent from 2019 to 2020, rising from 4,845 vehicles in 2019 to 7,446 in 2020.
By comparison, the number of titled ATVs increased on average only 9.8 percent annually from 2015 to 2019.
Title information provides only a snapshot of total ATV ownership in South Carolina, however. While an ATV owner may title their vehicle to prove ownership, it is not a requirement in the state.
Riojas said he was not surprised by the numbers. In the early days of the pandemic, he said Charleston Powersports sold maybe five ATVs a week. Toward the peak, they were selling 10 a day, when the vehicles were in stock.
He said a current shortage of the vehicles has driven demand even more.
“Short supply has created more of an urgency for people, so it hasn’t slowed down,” Riojas said.
Parker Campbell, a salesman at Velocity Powersports in the Ladson area outside Goose Creek, said during the pandemic, his store sold 180 to 260 power sport vehicles a month.
“COVID was like the oasis in the desert,” he said. “There were all these animals coming to drink at the pond, right? I mean, everyone’s coming in wanting to buy something, wanting to get a new toy.”
The shortage has forced his staff to scramble to try to find vehicles for customers.
“It’s really hard to get our hands on anything,” Campbell said.
While riding a power sport vehicles can be thrilling, they can pose a danger for those who fail to follow proper safety precautions.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which tracks ATV-related deaths, South Carolina recorded 106 such fatalities from 2009 to 2018, the most recent year for which data is available.
Trooper Nick Pye, spokesman for the S.C. Highway Patrol’s Troop 6, said the department also sometimes has to contend with ATV riders on public roads, which is prohibited in South Carolina.
ATVs are not designed to be driven on paved surfaces, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which can make them difficult to control and at risk for overturning.
“Most of the time, our encounters with them are on back, secondary roads, and they aren’t equipped with lights, no tags or different things like that,” Pye said.
Besides being dangerous, ATVs on public roads can be a nuisance for neighbors.
In March, homeowners along County Line Road between Charleston and Dorchester counties complained that dirt bike and ATV riders were damaging the unpaved road, causing it to become impassable during flooding.
Residents in the North Area have also noticed an uptick in dirt bikes and ATVs on public streets. They also appear on sidewalks, road shoulders and on the railroad rights of way.
Volunteers sought to clean trash collection device in College Park canal
LADSON, S.C. (WCSC) - People in the College Park Estates neighborhood are concerned about a new trash collecting device in their neighborhood canal, that’s collecting trash in a nearby creek. About a month ago, a new device, called a WaterGoat, was installed in the Limestone branch canal area. The purpose of the WaterGoat is to trap litter that washes in from area storm drains, keepin...
LADSON, S.C. (WCSC) - People in the College Park Estates neighborhood are concerned about a new trash collecting device in their neighborhood canal, that’s collecting trash in a nearby creek.
The purpose of the WaterGoat is to trap litter that washes in from area storm drains, keeping trash and other debris out of streets, ditches and streams.
It’s been collecting trash since the installation, but residents who live nearby are unsure of who is cleaning it.
Berkeley County Stormwater Management says the last time it was cleaned was July 8, after heavy rain from Tropical Storm Elsa.
Berkeley County Councilman Brandon Cox represents the residents of College Park, and he says obviously it is working because it is collecting trash, but he also sees why residents think it’s an eye sore. “It’s brand new and it’s a double-edged sword, and I wouldn’t want to look at it either.”
Cox says they want to get it cleaned out as often as possible, especially after it rains, which is when more trash flows through the creek.
WaterGoat device founder Mark Maksimowicz says the devices usually need to be cleaned out monthly or weekly. He says they should be cleaned much more frequently after it rains.
The Keep Berkeley Beautiful organization and Berkeley County Government are holding signups for people to volunteer to get involved.
Those who wish to volunteer with cleanup efforts, can contact the county’s Stormwater Program Manager Thurman Simmons at Thurman.email@example.com or call 843-719-2691.
Additionally the county says to contact Sarah McCarthy-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 843-719-2383.
Berkeley County Stormwater, in partnership with Keep Berkeley Beautiful, will be on site of the WaterGoat on next Tuesday and Thursday for a WaterGoat Cleanup Educational Demonstration. It starts at 9 a.m. on both days.
The county says Keep Berkeley Beautiful will provide all necessary cleanup supplies to volunteers.
Caroline Volunteer Fire Department says they are still a partner in the cleanups, but they’ve been waiting on Berkeley County to get them supplies.
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College Park Estate residents fed up with flooding
LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — Lots of rain and no solutions. Homeowners in the Berkeley County neighborhood of College Parks Estates are looking for answers from county leaders. “The people in College Park that live on this canal h...
LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — Lots of rain and no solutions.
Homeowners in the Berkeley County neighborhood of College Parks Estates are looking for answers from county leaders.
“The people in College Park that live on this canal hasn't seen any relief from this,” said resident Marshall Harrison.
His neighbor, Ben Ramsey, said his home has fought a losing battle with heavy rain and flooding for more than 10 years.
“We've been flooded 10 times since 2008,” Ramsey said. “Some, just a little bit of water; some, up to 3-and-a-half-foot of water in the downstairs. Our downstairs is useless.”
Monday’s floodwaters turned the College Park Canal into a raging river.
On Tuesday, Berkeley County crews could be seen dealing with the aftermath left behind on neighborhood bridges, removing trash and debris to allow water to flow downstream.
“They put in these barriers that are supposed to catch all this debris,” Harrison said. “But problem with that is there’s nowhere for the water to flow at that time, and it backs it up farther.”
The WaterGoat was installed by the county to act as a trash-trap, collecting debris at an isolated location and preventing it to flow into harder to reach areas.
But when it comes to clearing out the apparatus, county councilman Tommy Newell said it should be a community effort.
“The volunteer fire department can assist; the county can assist but it has to be a community-type thing,” Newell said.
Newell said he is well-aware of the flooding issues within the neighborhood and said it’s an ongoing issue every time there is a thunderstorm.
He said the county has not sat idly by.
“The county can only do so much,” Newell said. “We have been doing stuff. I’ve asked administration to come up with a history of what we’ve done so we can give that to the public to show we are spending your tax money properly to fix this issue.”
He said the real issue at hand sits outside the county’s jurisdiction.
The Army Corps of Engineers has control over any wetlands dredging.
Currently, a study is underway to investigate current conditions in the neighborhood.
“Box culverts and pipes and other roads and stuff that need to be switched out because they’re 50 years old,” Newell said.
Until changes are made, Newell wants community members— especially those in College Park Estates— to know he is right there with them.
“I’m out there driving the flooded area, making sure people aren’t stranded, stuff like that; that’s what I was doing,” he said. “People say we’re not doing anything and that’s just not true.”
Newell says the results of the study are expected to be available within the coming month.
He encourages community members to volunteer to clear out the WaterGoat.
Volunteers can sign up by contacting Stormwater Program Manager Thurman Simmons at Thurman.email@example.com or call (843) 719-2691.
They can also contact Sarah McCarthy-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (843) 719-2383.
A Look Back At The Demise Of American LaFrance Speedster
The American LaFrance Company has roots that dig deep, all the way back to the mid-1830s. We all know that evolution is only an admirable form of inheritance. The ALFs heritage is richly embedded with true passion, one that embezzled every creation with a gloss of mere perfection. Amidst the wild and unpredictable American Industrial Revolution in the 1850s, Truckson LaFrance and his accomplices managed to lay down the foundation of the LaFrance Manufacturing Company. To be precise, the company sprung to life in 1873. The busin...
The American LaFrance Company has roots that dig deep, all the way back to the mid-1830s. We all know that evolution is only an admirable form of inheritance. The ALFs heritage is richly embedded with true passion, one that embezzled every creation with a gloss of mere perfection.
Amidst the wild and unpredictable American Industrial Revolution in the 1850s, Truckson LaFrance and his accomplices managed to lay down the foundation of the LaFrance Manufacturing Company. To be precise, the company sprung to life in 1873.
The business began as a true wild west adventure. The newly established LaFrance Manufacturing Company began its journey by selling hand-controlled hardware. Their primary focus was on building and recreating horse-drawn carriages as well as steam-controlled fire trucks.
Three decades later, the sweet fruit of patience and relentless perseverance blessed them as they outshone their competition regardless of the exponential technological advancements made in the early 1900s. The International Fire Engine (IFE) Company joined hands with the LaFrance Manufacturing Company in 1903. It wasn't until 1907 that they released their prototype of a fire engine.
Over the prolonged period of their existence, both the IFE and American LaFrance have made a large number of fire engines and hardware. Their showdown of manifestations has been wide yet focused on crisis reaction vehicles, like ambulances and fire trucks.
After this thing only went downhill for LaFrance.The backlash of the American LaFrance company is one dreadfully painful history to hear about. Hardships are inevitable, but sometimes luck is also unfavourable.
Let's dive deep back to the beginning of their misery.
Side Gig Of The LaFrance Manufacturing: The Speedsters
It wasn't that they never cared to produce other automobiles. Their established monopoly was healthy and profitable enough to stay satisfied. The ALF has produced models beyond fire trucks. The American LaFrance Speedster was one of their attempts to do something out of their comfort zone. The 1992 LaFrance Speedster was the vehicle that caught the attention of many.
It sat on a 142-inch wheelbase and was controlled by a four-chamber motor with double chain drive. This vehicle was a two-seater with a Stutz Bearcat-Esque monocle windscreen. It had a reinforced gas tank and a wood-managed trunk.
Numerous vehicles were sculpted on their fire engine skeleton and utilized a similar essential running stuff. A significant number of the Speedsters were fueled by the solid 'pair-cast' four-chamber motor that included Ram's Horn’s bay complex, Zenith carburettor and Eisenmann Magento.
As of today, many of the older ALF fire trucks have been transformed into speedsters.
Figgie International: A Messiah Or A Step To Prolong The Inevitable?
In the mid-1980s ALF went through another major corporate change. It became one with Figgie International, which already possessed Snorkel, Scott Aviation, Automatic Sprinkler and Safety Supply America. It moved out of the well established East La France Street plant in Elmira and into a bigger, 500,000 square-foot plant not too far off. Unfortunately, in 1985, Figgie was forced to shut down the plant.
The hard floor never bound them to their feet. The organization fired up in Bluefield, W.Va. Which was another plant run by Kersey Manufacturing and possessed by Figgie International. After the new alliance, the organization would be known as Kersey American LaFrance.
But time never favoured them as, by early 1994, the branch had come sadly to a silent halt.
The Demise Of The Scarlet Trucks
In 1996, the Freightliner Corporation directly under a former worker, Jin Hebe, purchased the company. Freightliner again put a lot of cash into ALF. The idea was to construct a case plant in North Carolina that essentially sculpted ALF's Eagle taxis and frames for any producer.
In any case, that arrangement didn't keep the system functional for a long period. Hebe purchased LTI to make stepping stools for ALF. He also bought 3D, Boardman, RD Murray, Rescue Master, Snorkel and a large group of different organizations for the same reason.
ALF started constructing the whole line of contraptions and moved into an empty Western Star truck plant in Ladson, S.C. In 2005, it was declared that Patriarch Partners, a New York-based venture firm, had purchased the organization.
Be that as it may, in 2007, ALF moved into one more home: another, 500,000 square foot working in Summerville, S.C. In 2008, the company had finally unwillingly filed for bankruptcy. Even after revival, the company's glory was short-lived as it sank once again to bankruptcy in 2014.
People hold the management responsible to date for having considered that Fire trucks and Garbage Trucks could be sold by the same company as they have the same chassis.
American LaFrance: The Vain, Valiant Battle For Reputation
Even after 100 years of true passion and perseverance, the legacy is left amidst the winds of time. The firefighters fought a valiant war against time and many people will remember the name LaFrance. After all, history is cast only by the brave and LaFrance did bloom its name.
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