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I read all of the explanations including the students', and I am still having had time equating trademark owners to manufacturers, or that manufacturers are one type of trademark owners.
Would someone please invoke the statements/limes that allow for this relationship between trademark owners and manufacturers to be deduced, but more importantly, please, interpret these lines in palpable terms to establish this purported connection between trademark owners and manufacturers?
One more thing, please, lines 5 through 10 in the first paragraph are invoked as part of the reasoning for equating manufacturers to or rendering them one type of trademark owners. However, the way I interpreted these (and please tell me how I am wrong in my reading of these lines, because I strongly sense that I am but need your expertise to see how) is that the manufactured-authorized distributors are the manufacturers.
This interpretation is consistent with the key answer by the administrator: "Those who need trademark protection are referred to as “trademark owners” by the author (and in previous question), but they are identified as “manufacturers” by implication on line 7 of the passage, verifying (B) as the correct answer choice."
However, if, per line 7, per the key answer, " [g]rey marketing...occurs when manufactured-authorized distributers sell to unauthorized distributors who then sell the good to consumers...," well then why should they (i.e. the manufacturers deserve protection???? They are inflicting the damage on themselves by selling to unauthorized distributors.
In other words, the manufactured-authorized distributors or the manufacturers, per the key answer, should not be selling to unauthorized distributors! And the fact that they are, makes them unlikely to be the trademark owners.
But then, this get worse from here, when we add paragraph three to the mix, it becomes counterintuitive to equate trademark owners to manufacturers, because it does not make sense for the manufacturers to be a kind of trademark owners but sell to unauthorized distributors per line 7 thereby entering the grey market, and then turn around and complain about the goodwill being jeopardized by the grey market which they brought upon themselves by selling to unauthorized distributors! But they ought to be protected!!!!
I have put a lot of thought into this question; and clearly, I missing something!