MLB Gone Wild: Teams Seek Hypocritical Trademark Ruling; Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs vs. WalletHub trademark

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Spring Training is still 10 days away, but the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs are already in midseason form when it comes to bullying small start-up companies in hypocritical trademark disputes. Major League Baseball has been on a two year mission to block this WalletHub trademark WalletHub Logo due to supposed infringement on marks owned by the two clubs, highlighting one of the major flaws in our legal system: the ability for economically advantaged parties to use the court as a tool for intimidation at the public’s expense.

Sure, Washington, D.C. may be the most powerful city in the world and baseball is technically America’s pastime, but does that really give the Washington Nationals ownership of the letter W? Someone better tell Sesame Street.

Does it give them the right to unabashed hypocrisy, balking at a non-existent resemblance between a Senators logo and WalletHub’s logo, when the Nat’s curly W is virtually indistinguishable from the Walgreens logo and many of the other 1,000+ W trademarks in effect?

For more information, please find documents relevant to the case below and make sure to check out the blog post and infographic written by WalletHub CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou:

Relevant Case Documents

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