Boston Red Sox Oppose Stylized "SA" Mark for Clothing
Yesterday's post featured the New York Yankees, so let's give the Boston Red Sox equal time, shall we? The Red Sox have opposed registration of the mark shown below, for clothing, claiming likelihood of confusion, false association, and failure to use the mark on all the goods. Now what marks do you think the Red Sox rely on? Boston Red Sox Baseball Club Limited Partnership v. Visual Impact Products, LLC, Opposition No. 91189914.
According to the notice of opposition, the Red Sox "have used marks that consist of or incorporate the letters S and/or B and the words RED SOX and/or BOSTON, alone or with other word and/or design elements, in a particular, distinctive, stylization associated with the Club":
In short, the Red Sox contend that the letters in the stylized SA mark look too much like the letters S and B in the RED SOX marks! Seems like BS to me. What do you think?
Text Copyright John L. Welch 2009.