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Trademark Protection: Parody With A Bite.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | September 18, 2014

No. 1,101

Image: Corporate Counsel Daily Update

Image: Corporate Counsel Daily Update

If you were a member of top management at Subway, would you set loose the legal beagles on the perpetrators of this one?  Or would you have a hearty laugh and tell the board that the Subway brand is getting a lot of free publicity?

There’s not much doubt that this T shirt design was intended to satirize the Subway logo exactly.  But does it cause confusion, like some faux brand labels?  Or does it make us a little more aware of Subway, so that when we next see a Subway sign it will catch our attention and even make us smile?

Maybe top management thinks that the comparison with zombie food will turn stomachs.  I don’t.  Actually, come to thing of it, I haven’t had a good sub in a while.

CLT

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