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University Colors Can Be Trademarked, Judge Rules

Law360 (July 31, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a decision that could have far-reaching implications, a federal judge has held Smack Apparel liable for intentional infringement, after ruling that universities’ school color schemes represent stand-alone trademarks that deserve legal protection.

On Monday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana issued summary judgment in favor of Louisiana State University, Ohio State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Southern California and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the nation's largest collegiate trademark licensing company.

U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon...
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