J&J Sues Red Cross Over Cross Trademark

Law360, New York (August 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a move the charity's chief executive called “obscene,” Johnson & Johnson has sued the American National Red Cross over licensing and usage of the nonprofit's famous red cross symbol, to which the drug giant says it holds the commercial trademark rights.

According to the suit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, J&J has been using the red cross design—a red Greek cross with arms of equal length—on its first aid products since as early as 1887 and...
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