U. of Texas Settles Trademark Suit With 'Hook'em' Shirt Maker

Law360, New York (October 18, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge dismissed a case Friday brought by the University of Texas against a foreign online retailer for infringing its "Hook 'em Horns" trademark by selling merchandise that resembles the famed hand signal, this after the parties reached a settlement.

The university's board of regents had said Michael Weir, an Oxford, U.K., man doing business as Horns Inc., had no right to sell merchandise featuring the UT hand signal, which is meant to resemble a longhorn. The board alleged his ongoing sales, aimed at fans of heavy metal music, threatened to confuse consumers and dilute the strength of UT's...

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