August 23, 2018 / 10:10 PM / in 7 months

5th Circuit says civic group's bird image infringes on trademark

The Louisiana civic group Coalition for Better Government cannot use a logo featuring a stylized bird image identical to one used by another nonprofit in the state, the Alliance for Good Government, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Coalition for Better Government’s argument that the two logos are distinguishable because Coalition’s logo has a drawing of a hawk and Alliance considers its bird an eagle.

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