May the Force Be with You – But Not the Trademarks

Submitted by patentadmin on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 21:50

A Michael Brown of Okland, California, is in hot water. While we admire his entrepreneurship, we cannot understand what he does not understand about trademarks. Mr. Brown set up two businesses, “New York Jedi” and “Lightsaber Academy,” to provide training for use of the fictional weapons made part of the culture by the Star Wars movies.

Lucasfilm, the company founded by George Lucas, the creator and owner of the Star Wars franchise (and now a unit of Disney), is suing Mr. Brown for trademark infringement.

Questions: Did Mr. Brown actually think that he could blatantly infringe these trademarks? Even more curious, what is a “New York Jedi?” And are there Chicago and Dallas Jedi?

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