Wexford, PA asked in Trademark for Pennsylvania

Q: Can a secondary institution use an animal logo that is trademarked if the text, style, and colors are different?

If our AAU team wants to use the Bulldogs or Cardinals as its logo on apparel but does not use the same font, style, or color, is it possible to use that logo with different colors, styles, and text although it may be trademarked?

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Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Miami, FL

A: If there will be a likelihood of confusion between the two trademarks, then there will likely be a claim of infringement, especially when both marks are in the same class/category. Also, using a different font in a logo will not overcome the similarity of 'sound' between the text portion of the marks.

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