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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Go1Bucks's picture

Not a surprise.  It is well known in legal circles, not to mess with OSU merchandising. They are a machine.

Go Bucks!

+1 HS
PittBuckeye's picture

That, and if they go after you they probably already know they're going to crush you anyway.

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bishop072's picture

I snapped up their Oscar-Meyer-ish "Urban Meyer" shirt the minute it came out. Still gets a pop from OSU fans everywhere. 

Wish I would've pulled the trigger on the 'Miller: Champagne of QBs' shirt before they got shut down



brandonbauer87's picture

I have said Miller shirt. I got mine from good ol' 11W a couple years ago. I wore it for every game in the 24 straight stretch. It's now ready to be ceremoniously burnt before the first game this fall. Good luck charms must be destroyed once their luck runs out. 

Waltbuck's picture

I have that one Oscar "Urban" meyer shirt.  love it


Poison nuts's picture

Got my 11W "Fort Meyer" shirt & will be holding that forever...luh dat shit.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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nfischer's picture

Looks like I got my "Urban Warfare" shirt just in the nick of time.