U.S. News | Pac-12 Universities Suing 2 Sporting Companies for Trademark Infringement

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All Pac-12 universities have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Washington District of Spokane against Sportswear Inc. and Vintage Brand for trademark infringement.

The plaintiffs allege that the defendants are selling apparel and other items with virtually identical trademarks of the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs reportedly said that the defendants are using its logos on the apparel and other items without permission or license.

The plaintiffs reportedly said that the use of its mark is likely to cause confusion, mistake, or deception of the relevant trade and public into believing that the goods sold by Sportwear and Vintage Brand are connected with the universities.

The plaintiffs are suing the defendants of infringement of federally registered trademark, trademark counterfeiting, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and more.

The plaintiffs allege that the infringement has caused lots of damages, unfair competition, and confusion.

The plaintiffs are seeking the defendants to provide an accounting of all income from the sales and distribution of the products.

The universities are also demanding the court to order the companies to destroy all the items with unlicensed logos.

The case is ongoing.

The Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of The University of Arizona et al v. Sportswear Inc. d/b/a Prep Sportswear et al

Judge: Salvador Mendoza, Jr
Court: Washington Eastern District Court
Case #: 2:21-cv-00135
Nature of Suit: Trademark
Cause: Trademark Infringement
Case Filed: Apr 07, 2021


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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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