Guy, I didn't get to respond to you about being honest before the "wordmark" thread was closed.
I haven't looked up the law lately, but when we were partners in a business before that had patented products, trademarks and wordmarks our attorney told us that we could claim ownership as soon as we started using it and could do so until a) someone disputes formally or b)we are approved for the mark. We had a new, untried concept and believe me we had to spend a lot of time with the lawyer, not only defending what was ours, but defending ourselves when we accidentally stumbled on to someone else's property and used it.
The law in this is kindof like having a fiance and saying "get away from her, she's mine!" Well, she's not technically yours because you aren't married yet, but the statement is still true because you've started the process to make her yours - and by rights, she's yours.
I didn't want to put that out there before he responded because if the person in question didn't know it, then they just flat lied. But if they did know it, Guy, it wasn't a lie. It may have been a poorly thought out legal move that may have not been necessary, but it wasn't a lie.
After he responded it was apparent that he knew it. Nobody else did but me, so that tells me that he probably has his ducks in a row pretty well.
I know nothing about roof cleaning or those chems or those kinds of pumps, but I can do pretty well determining if someone knows what they are doing in this particular department.
I'm not taking up for him in any way. I'm just saying the charge of lying is probably inappropriate.