“Retro” Logos and Macy's Trademark Infringement Win

“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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In addition to Thriving Attorney, Darin M. Klemchuk is founder of Klemchuk LLP, a litigation, intellectual property, and transactional law firm located in Dallas, Texas.  He also co-founded Project K, a charity devoted to changing the world one random act of kindness at a time.  Click to read more about Darin Klemchuk's practice as an intellectual property lawyer.

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