3M Sticks Unemployed Philosophers With Post-It IP Suit

Law360, New York (October 5, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT) -- Industrial conglomerate 3M Co. sued Unemployed Philosophers Inc. on Monday in Minnesota, accusing the novelty company of infringing and diluting the famous Post-It trademark with its line of similar sticky notes named after prominent thinkers and artists.

At issue are sticky-note products named “Jeez-Its,” “Buddh-Its,” “Femin-Its" and others which 3M claims infringes its Post-It trademark by using the "-Its" suffix on a confusingly similar item. Two others — "Post Structural-Its" and "Vincent Van Gogh 'Post Impressions'" — also allegedly infringe 3M's trademarked name by using the...
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