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Icing on the Cake: Use of Iconic/”Famous” Boy Scouts Eagle Rank Design Mark

Iconic/”Famous” brands and trademarks/trade names are valuable Intellectual Property. Organizations holding such as marks registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rightfully guard their marks’ use by third parties. Should a third party desire to use a registered mark, advance written permission is required if that third party is to avoid potential claims of infringement, litigation, and potentially large expenses and damages. The latest example of this req

Girl Scouts Sue Boy Scouts: Mark Your Turf

Girl Scouts of America Sue Boy Scouts of America Over Alleged Trademark Infringement Seven Deadly Sins aka Seven Infringement Charges Chapter #3 This post follows up on previous coverage of the Girl Scouts of America’s (“GSA”) trademark infringement suit filed against the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) in November 2018 in a New York federal court. As covered in Volume II, Issues #4 and #5 of this author’s blog, today’s post (Chapter #3) will delve a bit more into the positioni

Girl Scouts Sue Boy Scouts: Market Confusion?

Girl Scouts of America Sue Boy Scouts of America Over Alleged Trademark Infringement Seven Deadly Sins & Background Chapter #2 Following up on the Girl Scouts of America’s (“GSA”) comprehensive trademark infringement lawsuit filed against the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) last month in a New York federal court, as noted in previous Issue #4 of this author’s blog post, today’s blog will set out a brief history of each organization and the background leading up to this recently

Girl Scouts Sue Boy Scouts: 7 Deadly Sins?

Girl Scouts of America Sue Boy Scouts of America Over Alleged Trademark Infringement: Seven Deadly Sins a.k.a. Seven Infringement Charges Chapter #1 By John Pellegrin, December 2018 Most organizations covet and vigorously protect their Intellectual Property (IP) rights, particularly if they perceive unauthorized use of service and trademarks by any other organizations, be they nonprofit or for-profit. They are also concerned with competition and name/mission/branding confusio