Pac-12 universities suing 2 sporting companies for trademark infringement
SPOKANE, Wash. — All Pac-12 universities are suing two Seattle-based sporting companies for trademark infringement. According to a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Washington District of Spokane, the universities claim Sportswear Inc. and Vintage Brand are selling apparel and other items “virtually identical trademarks.”
Washington State University and the University of Washington are two of the colleges involved in the lawsuit. It claims the companies selling the items and passing of the logos are “highly likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception of the relevant trade and public.” The lawsuit also states people buying these items are likely to believe the goods sold by Sportwear and Vintage Brand are connected with the universities, which they claim is not true.
The involved universities say the companies are diverting money from the universities by selling this unlicensed apparel. Ten of the universities involved are public, state-funded colleges.
Seven criminal counts are listed in the lawsuit including infringement of federally registered trademark, trademark counterfeiting, unfair and deceptive trade practices and more.
The lawsuit is asking the companies for several resolutions. It’s asking them to provide accounting of all income from the sales and distribution of the products. The universities are demanding the court to order the companies to destroy all the items with the unlicensed logos. It’s also asking and to bring the companies to trial for issues that can be tried in a court of law.
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