“Retro” Logos and Macy's Trademark Infringement Win
Most of the brands owned by retail conglomerate Macy’s are no longer in business, but those defunct department stores’ trademarks are still going strong. A federal judge ruled in an order granting partial summary judgment that Strategic Marks, LLC could not sell T-shirts bearing these department stores’ logos because their use constituted trademark infringement. Macy’s has owned many other retailers, including Abraham & Straus, Bamberger’s, The Bon Marché, and The Broadway. Marshall Fields, for instance, was a Macy’s retailer that had been in business since the 1800’s, but in 2006, all of those retailers were converted to Macy’s.
Can a store's trademark still be owned after it closes up shop? Read more about Trademark Infringement.
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