Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Break-Away Diocese Cannot Use Former Trademarked Names

In vonRosenberg v. Lawrence, (D SC, Sept. 19, 2019), a South Carolina federal district court,in a 73-page opinion, resolved a trademark dispute between The Episcopal Church and a break-away diocese.  As summarize by World Intellectual Property Review:
A US judge has ordered a former South Carolina diocese of the Episcopal Church to change its name, after concluding the breakaway group was infringing the Episcopal Church’s trademark-protected diocesan shield.
On Thursday, September 19, District Judge Richard Gergel issued an injunction against the breakaway diocese, ordering the group not to use nine trademarks associated with the Episcopal Church and ... The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, an affiliate of the national church.