US company sues American Red Cross over use of Red Cross emblem

Photo: American Red Cross
NEW YORK, 24 August 2007 (IRIN) - The world’s largest for-profit healthcare products conglomerate, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), is suing the American Red Cross (ARC) over its use of the life-saving emblem - the red cross on a white background. On 8 August J&J filed a civil complaint in the US District Court in New York charging the ARC with infringing its trademark for commercial use of the red-cross-on-white-background by licensing it to for-profit companies to produce items such as baby mitts, nail clippers, combs, toothbrushes and humidifiers, which directly compete with J&J’s own products

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