Nike is among the largest footwear and athletic gear firms on this planet, recognized for its acquainted slogan “Simply Do It.” The corporate just lately issued a trademark criticism on Jan. 18 in opposition to a Texas-based CBD firm referred to as Revive Farming Technologies, who filed to make use of the trademark “Simply Hemp It” on Dec. 16, 2019.
“JUST DO IT … which has been in use in commerce for greater than 30 years, and registered for greater than 25 years, is known throughout the that means of Lanham Act Part 43(c), 15 USC § 1125(c),” Nike acknowledged. It’s asking the Patent and Trademark Workplace and Trademark Trial and Attraction Board to disclaim Revive’s try to trademark the phrase “Simply Hemp It.”
Nike argues that it owns a number of trademark registrations for the “Simply Do It” mark, describing it as “well known and well-known,” and that the Revive shouldn’t be allowed to trademark “Simply Hemp It” as a result of it will result in confusion and trigger damage and harm to Nike.
In keeping with Green Market Report (GMR), Revive already options the phrase on its web site adopted with a trademark symbol. GMR additionally states that the web site incorporates language that makes unauthorized medical claims about CBD.
Nike’s “Simply Do It” campaign first launched in 1988 by the late Dan Wieden, who has efficiently launched different slogan campaigns for firms like Outdated Spice, Procter and Gamble, and Coca Cola. Apparently Wieden stated that “Simply Do It” was impressed by the final words of an inmate on death row, who stated “You already know, let’s do it” earlier than his execution.
Nike has led profitable trademark complaints in opposition to different firms trying to make use of variations of “Simply Do It” previously. In 1992, Nike focused an organization referred to as “Simply Did It,” which additionally bought athletic gear, for trademark infringement. In 2020, Nike went after a enterprise for utilizing “Simply Consider It.” Extra just lately, a small enterprise proprietor who began a succulent store referred to as JustSuccIt in 2020, was additionally contacted by Nike relating to trademark infringement.
This hasn’t been an unusual pattern within the hashish business both. In August 2017, the glue firm referred to as Gorilla Glue took Gorilla Glue Strains to court. The outcomes meant that strains referred to as Gorilla Glue #1 or Gorilla Glue #4 could be known as GG1 or GG4.
In February 2018, The Hershey Co. started suing hashish firms for copyright infringement, and focused each the Oakland-based Harborside dispensary and a California edibles firm referred to as Good Lady Hashish Co. for promoting objects with comparable Hershey product branding.
UPS focused hashish supply companies that had been utilizing its acronym, similar to United Pot People who smoke, UPS420, and THCPlant in February 2019.
Later in August 2019, Sour Patch Kids focused unlawful hashish merchandise like Stoney Patch for infringing upon the trademark as effectively. Cinnabon took on a vape firm in October 2019 for promoting an e-liquid utilizing the model’s identify, only one month earlier than the Middle for Illness Management and Prevention found that vaping lung accidents had been being attributable to vitamin E acetate in November 2019.
Extra just lately in August 2022, Mars Wrigley received a lawsuit in opposition to hashish firms utilizing the brand font and colours to promote unlawful edibles. “I’ve positioned vital weight on the difficulty of hurt not solely to the Plaintiff but additionally to members of the general public who would possibly by chance eat the Defendants’ Infringing Product believing it to be a real SKITTLES product. The truth that SKITTLES are a confectionary product which might be engaging to kids reinforces the necessity to denounce the Defendants’ conduct,” stated Choose Patrick Gleeson in his ruling.