Trademark Musings

Thoughts on trademark issues by Laura Winston

Yankee fan sues Red Sox player for trademark infringement

 

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Rapper Jay-Z, who told the world in the song Empire State of Mind that “S**t, I made the Yankee hat more famous then a Yankee can”, filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York against David Ortiz, Red Sox slugger for trademark infringement after Ortiz opened a nightclub in the Dominican Republic called Forty-Forty.  Jay-Z owns a chain of clubs in the US called 40/40. 

The obvious questions for trademark lawyers are: can this lawsuit survive a jurisdictional challenge, and does Dominican trademark law have a cause of action for infringement of a US trademark?

It remains to be seen if this results in taunts of “Trademark infringer!” from the stands the next time the Red Sox come to Yankee Stadium.

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April 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment