By Stephanie Lucero, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas-based foundation that has built an international reputation advocating for breast cancer research is now coming under fire for going after other charities that use a similar name.

Attorneys for Susan G. Komen for the Cure have targeted numerous charities who use the term “for the cure” in their name or to promote their events.

Stephanie Zimmer, a Dallas resident, started running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure long before she was ever diagnosed with breast cancer.  She supports the Komen foundation efforts, but says legally targeting other charities is wrong.  “It’s a waste of time and money.”

“The whole community should be involved, and why can’t we work together?  Because often times in the research of breast cancer they stumble upon help for other cancers,” adds Zimmer.

Attorneys for Komen would not comment, but say the organization is within its legal rights to protect its intellectual property.

David Carstens  specializes in intellectual property, and says the pink ribbons and the name, although it was only partially used, is Komen’s property.

“If a mark is distinctive enough it can be protected and owned by one entity.”

Carstens adds, “I can understand why people might think that that’s over-stepping.”

Click here to see the full Susan G. Komen for the Cure Statement.

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