Ohio State Wins Trademark Lawsuit Against Skreend

By DJ Byrnes on April 30, 2014 at 12:19p

Here's the latest chapter in a book titled "Don't F*ck with Ohio State's Legal Team." 

From BizJournals.com:

Ohio State University has prevailed in a trademark dispute with Columbus-based T-shirt maker Skreened.

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost ruled mostly in OSU’s favor in the lawsuit filed in 2012, which accused Skreened of  ignoring repeated warnings that it was selling unlicensed logos, images and other trademarks related to Ohio State, the Buckeyes and football coach Urban Meyer.


“Selling knockoffs is selling knockoffs, regardless of who suggested you sell them, regardless of how many other infringing products you decide not to sell, and regardless of how much of a hassle it is to comply with the law,” he said  in an often-lively ruling. “Because there is no exception in trademark law for infringers who take an ostrich approach to policing their business activities and complying with the law, no reasonable jury could accept defendants’ ‘it’s too hard/we are the actual victims’ argument.”

Damages will be assessed at a later date, and Skreend will be paying the bills for OSU's legal defense team.

That's about a flawless victory as there is in the legal realm.

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