From the late 1990s until recently Schreibvogel was operating a zoo. During this period he used images and logos similar to that of a fellow ‘animal company’: Big Cat Rescue. They sued.
Schreibvogel lost and was ordered to pay nearly $1 million to settle the lawsuit. Some logo that must have been!
Now Joe is bankrupt. He has to pay damages. Also, he still owes his trademark attorney more than $30.000,-.
Trademark-wise this is not a very interesting case. What is interesting, are the assets Schreibvogel had to list to the court:
- vehicles and other assets worth $127,739
- 43 tigers
- five black bears
So, if Joe can sell the tigers and bears for $18.798,- each, he is back in business! What does a black bear go for these days?
MarkMatters.com urges you to buy a tiger or bear (whatever fits your company’s profile better) from Joe, and help a trademark victim out.
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