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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Settlement Finalized In University Of Houston And South Texas Houston Law Schools Trademark Dispute; Houston Astros Are On Deck


Following up on last week's post, University Of Houston, South Texas Law Schools Settle Naming Rights Dispute:  Houston Chronicle, UH Naming Dispute Could Now Draw in Astros, Houston Community College:

The University of Houston has settled the score in a protracted trademark dispute with rival South Texas College of Law Houston, but the fight over naming rights may not be over.

On deck are two new potential opponents: the Houston Astros and Houston Community College.

A mediated settlement announced Friday resolved the dispute over the law school names, but includes a provision that allows UH to pursue a federal trademark for the use of "Houston" for educational purposes.

That's where the Astros and HCC step up to the plate.

The two organizations have put the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on notice that they are considering opposing UH's attempt to own the rights to "Houston," a move that could set off another round of legal challenges among major Houston institutions. Officials with the Astros and HCC did not respond to a request for comments, but both organizations provide educational services in various forms that could run afoul of a UH trademark.

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