Ohio State Wins Lawsuit against Ex-Athlete Over T-Shirt Designs

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Ohio State University (OSU) has won a trademark battle against Lamp Apparel, a T-shirt clothing retailer founded by former Buckeyes basketball player, Brandon Fuss-Cheatham. Brando, who played for Ohio State from 2001 through 2005, opened Lamp Apparel in 2014 but was sued by OSU in June 2017.

OSU claimed that Lamp Apparel offered to manufacture, manufactured, sold and shipped t-shirts, that display counterfeits or colorable imitations of federally registered Ohio State Trademarks on clothing products. The trademarks in question included the “Block O,” “Script Ohio,” and the Buckeye leaf.

Lamp Apparel has reported stated that they have taken down any clothing bearing official Ohio State trademarks from their website, lampapparel.com, as of August 31. The clothing retailer has promised to destroy the offending articles that it has at its store, at 815 N. High St., following the issuance of the permanent injunction signed by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson.

The court ruled on mutual financial settlement for both parties with respect to their attorneys’ fees.

This is not OSU’s first victory over protection of its trademarks, the university had previously won trademark suits against two online shopping sites.

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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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