Rutgers to Ruston High: Stop using our logo

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Former NFL Most Valuable Player and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Bert Jones, nicknamed the “Ruston Rifle,” said he does not hold any animosity toward Rutgers University, which has asked his high school alma mater to change its logo.

Ruston High School in northern Louisiana, which had adopted a block “R” identical to that which Rutgers University has trademarked as its official logo, has agreed to use a new design at the New Jersey state university’s request. Read more here.

Ruston“Rutgers has given Ruston High School officials up to 10 years to replace the logo on major athletic equipment, and to resolve any other trademark infringement issues, over a period that aligns with the school’s regular replacement schedule,” said Dory Devlin, Rutgers University’s senior director of university news and media relations.

“We thank the Ruston High School officials for their cooperation in working with us to resolve this matter and appreciate the students, teachers and community members who support the outstanding Ruston athletic program.

“Rutgers, like other major universities, federally registers its trademarks, which include the block R. When trademark infringement instances come to our attention, we address them for several important reasons: to maintain the trademark registration, to avoid confusion among brand marks, and to ensure that logos registered under Rutgers’ name are used for their intended purpose.”

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