U.S. News | City of Chicago Sues Fire Department Coffee for Trademark Infringement

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City of Chicago has filed a lawsuit in the Illinois Northern District Court against Fire Department Coffee, Inc. alleging that its logo is nearly identical to the symbol for the city’s fire department.

The plaintiff alleges that the Fire Department Coffee’s logo features the letters F, D and C, intertwined in a stylized monogram and is similar to the Chicago Fire Department.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the design is likely to confuse consumers to believing that City of Chicago has endorsed or is affiliated with the business.

According to the lawsuit, City of Chicago reportedly said that they have been using the symbol in commerce as early as 1949 and features the logo on department vehicles and some uniforms.

City of Chicago reportedly said that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a trademark registration for the mark in 2006.

The plaintiff alleges that a cease and desist letter was sent to the defendant in April 2019 and but they continued using the mark on products.

In reaction, the defendant reportedly said that “Fire Department Coffee pursued all of the correct legal channels and secured an approved, registered trademark for our current Fire Department Coffee logo. Our company, which is founded and operated by firefighters, is reflected in our logo, a style that is used by fire departments across the nation.”

City of Chicago seeks to prevent the company from using its logo or a similar one and an order directing the trademark office to cancel the company’s trademark registration.

The case is ongoing.

City of Chicago v. Fire Department Coffee, Inc.

Judge:Thomas M. Durkin
Court:Illinois Northern District Court
Case #:1:20-cv-00676
Nature of Suit:Trademark
Cause:Trademark Infringement
Case Filed:Jan 30, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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