Trademarks on fire

The acronym of the New York Fire Department, FDNY, is probably the world’s famous fire department “name”. When you have ever been to New York, you have undoubtedly seen that you can buy t-shirts, caps, mugs and other merchandise with FDNY on it. The New York fire fighters were one of the many heroes of 9/11. Ironically, the department is now caught in a legal battle surrounding the 9/11 Remembrance Rescue Project.

An Illinois group that bought two fire trucks, formerly used by the FDNY, at an auction, has received a cease-and-desist letter from New York City.

The Illinois Remembrance Rescue Project in Schaumburg, was formed to honor the memory of the New York firefighters killed on 9/11. For educational purposes the Project wanted to display the old trucks. The Project now states it is in the process of designing new logos that the Fire Department of New York won’t find infringing upon their trademark.

Furthermore, the Illinois project placed a notice on its website disavowing any connection with the Fire Department of New York.

Source: Bloomberg


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