Internazionale won a key battle in a trademark infringement lawsuit against Major League Soccer, claiming that the term “Inter” is synonymous with Serie A clubs, which also passes through Inter.
Inter Miami CF, David Beckham’s new MLS club which will debut next month, suffered a setback in the first round of the proceedings when the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) dismissed one of the team’s two topics, according to a report released Monday.
Miami attorney David Winker, writing for Law.com, said the Italian club appears to have crossed the significant legal threshold of “probable confusion,” adding that it believes the ruling “will result in Miami having to change its name.”
“The USPTO has discovered that MLS claims that there are a number of clubs around the world that use Inter in their name – SC Internacional in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Inter Nashville FC, Inter Atlanta FC, FC Inter Turku ( Finland), NK Inter Zapresic (Croatia), Inter Leipzig (Germany) and Inter de Grand-Goave (Haiti) – have not met their burden to prove that MLS has a valid property or property, precisely in the name of Inter “, states the report.
The Miami New Times reported that Internazionale filed a trademark application at USPTO in 2014 to produce “Inter” and an exclusive trademark in the United States, preventing other clubs from being marketed with the same shorthand, while the subsequent application from Inter Miami CF in 2018 it was suspended.
The MLS outlined a two-pronged argument in an opposition notice filed last year against the International application: that “Inter” is a shortcut widely used in football and that a brand on the term will cause a “likelihood of confusion.” “among the various teams that I already use. But last month, the Patent Office’s Board of Trials and Appeals dismissed the request for “likelihood of confusion” and claimed that the league did not meet those requirements, Winker wrote.
The battle of the brand is the latest blow in the rocky gestation for the Beckham club, including a long struggle for the construction of the stadium, objections from the cruise lines, ridiculous requests from private landowners, called to build a high school on the complex and, more recently, the discovery of arsenic contamination in the golf course where the 25,000-seat Miami Freedom Park will be built.
Inter Miami (for now, however) is slated to play the first home game in the club’s history on March 14 against LA Galaxy after opening with consecutive street games against LAFC and DC United.