Penn State provides information about trademark ruling in Pennsylvania

October 09, 2009

This week, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled that certain provisions of the Commonwealth’s trademark counterfeiting criminal statute were overbroad, and thus invalid as written. A bill to correct the statute has been approved by the Commonwealth’s House of Representatives and is currently under review by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

This ruling does not affect the ownership that Penn State and other trademark owners have in their trademarks. Individuals and businesses must continue to obtain prior approval from the University to use Penn State’s marks, just as they have in the past. The University can, and will, continue to protect its trademark rights through applicable civil and criminal state and federal laws. The University is confident that the Commonwealth’s legislative leaders and legal advisers will quickly correct the language with new legislation to protect all trademark owners.

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Last Updated October 09, 2009