WYHO? Oakland A's Oppose University of Alabama's Circled "A" Logo
Would you have brought this opposition, Hot Stove Leaguers? The Oakland A's are involved in a long-suspended opposition, commenced in April 2005, to the University of Alabama's application to register the logo shown immediately below, for a host of souvenier items, including stuffed animals, yo-yo's, golf balls, metal key chains; flash lights, jewelry, playing cards, bar stools, drinking glasses, and clothing. Athletics Investment Group LLC d/b/a The Oakland Athletics Baseball Company v. The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama, Opposition No. 91165229.
Oakland claims that Alabama's logo is likely to cause confusion, or to create a false association, with its registered "Stylized A With Concentric Circle Design Marks" (shown below), for a variety of goods and services, including clothing, jewelry, printed matter, and novelty items.
Do you think the Oakland A's have any chance of winning this opposition? Do you think Alabama could win on summary judgment?
Text Copyright John L. Welch 2009.