Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Alabama seeks money from local bakery for violating trademark with cookies

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The University of Alabama doesn't play around when it comes to its trademark.

No, not even when a local bakery, who are huge supporters of the Crimson Tide, decides to create elephant-shaped cookies with a script "A" on them. Seriously? Yeah, seriously.

From The Big Lead:

Mary’s Cake and Pastries received a cease and desist letter, and a request for documentation of how many $1.75 cookies had been sold so Alabama and CLC could collect damages.

Wait, what?

The modest bakery wasn't the only party Alabama and the Collegiate Licensing Company went after, though. They also spent more than $1.4 million on a failed lawsuit against artist Daniel Moore for depicting the Alabama uniform in artwork. Oh, and the school is also trying to assert control over the houndstooth patter, because legendary coach Bear Bryant used to wear it.

The school has since apologized after the news became public. But it's probably too little and too late at this point because the damage has already been done.

9 comments:

  1. This is just greed at its finiest! Going after a bakery that is in reality giving you free publicity! Shame on Alabama. So i guess they will be coming after the thousands of other who have done the same thing at game parties and such!

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  2. Thank You Jon Solomon, AL.com for putting this very insidious matter into the light for all to see. Unlike the Daniel Moore fight, the attacks on the LETTERMEN of the IRON BOWL and LETTERMEN of the SEC have included extortion, cyber-bullying, slander, personal attacks and character assassination. Stay tuned.

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