Major League Baseball Opposes Don Mattingly Logo
Okay, all you baseball fans out there! Here's one for the Hot Stove League. Major League Baseball has opposed two applications filed by Mattingly Hitting Products, Inc. to register the logo shown below left for "baseball and softball equipment, namely, bats, gloves, mitts, bat cases, bat bags, and batting gloves" and "clothing, namely, shirts, pants, athletic uniforms, caps and hats." MLB claims a likelihood of confusion with its "Silhouetted Batter Logo," registered for the same goods (below right). Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. v. Mattingly Hitting Products, Inc., Opposition No. 91177266.
Will Mattingly strike out or hit a home run? What say you? How do you like this affirmative defense: "Opposer may have failed to mitigate losses and damages"?
Text Copyright John L. Welch 2009.