Friday, June 08, 2007

NYPD Trademark Policing

According to am New York, the New York Police Department has filed a trademark infringement action against an Orlando-based pizzeria chain called NYPD Pizza alleging that the chain "intentionally and purposefully" designing its logo to look like the department's fabled shield and of decorating its pizzerias to resemble police precincts, complete with bills that look like summonses.

The article states that this is not the first time the parties have been involved in litigation of this sort. Five years ago the parties litigated similar claims, which ended with a settlement restricting NYPD Pizza's use of the NYPD logo.

According to the story The city receives 10 percent of the approximately $11 million annually in NYPD paraphernalia sold on the retail market by official licensees[.]

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