U.S. News | University of Tennessee Sues Bail Bonding Company for Trademark Infringement

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The University of Tennessee in Knoxville has filed a lawsuit in the Tennessee Eastern District Court against a local bail bonding company, Tennessee Bonding Company for trademark infringement over the use of Power T since 2017 in its logo without permission.

The plaintiff alleges that University of Tennessee T Mark is distinctive, well known, and famous in commerce in the United States, and is and has been widely known and famous in commerce in the United States since at least 1912.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the university has long trademarked the Power T in connection with bags, balls, clothing, cups, earrings, educational services, key chains, lamps, posters, sports, and more.

The plaintiff reportedly said that approval and permission must be given to anyone or a brand who wishes to sell merchandise or advertise bearing the trademark symbol.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that the defendant is trying to suggest an affiliation or connection with the University of Tennessee.

The University of Tennessee reportedly sent the defendant a cease-and-desist letter in May 2018 and followed up with another warning letter in November 2019 attaching a draft complaint of the lawsuit that’s now been filed in the U.S. District Court in Knoxville.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant continued to use the Power T mark on its logo despite the letters.

The University of Tennessee reportedly said that the infringement has caused financial damage, injury, and irreparable harm.

The University of Tennessee is seeking a permanent injunction preventing further trademark violations, as well as damages or a cut of Tennessee Bonding’s profits as the court deem fit.

The University of Tennessee is also seeking that all signs and other promotional materials in the possession or control of Tennessee Bonding bearing the Tennessee Bonding Mark be delivered up to an officer of the Court for destruction pursuant.

The case is ongoing.

The University of Tennessee v. Tennessee Bonding Company (PLR1)

Judge:Pamela L Reeves
Court:Tennessee Eastern District Court
Case #:3:20-cv-00204
Nature of Suit:Trademark
Cause:Trademark Infringement
Case Filed:May 12, 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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