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J&J crossed by Red Cross?

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Johnson & Johnson is suing the American Red Cross for violating its exclusive trademark rights to the Red Cross design and use of the word "Red Cross" on commercial products. The suit, filed Aug. 8 in New York federal court, cites ARC's licensing of the trademark - used by J&J on first-aid supplies since 1887 - to businesses selling products including baby mitts, combs and humidifiers, and notes the organization only has rights to the emblem in connection with non-profit relief services. ARC called the suit "obscene," explaining that it has taken the step to license the emblem to expand access to emergency preparedness supplies...

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