George Lucas' Lucasfilm launches lightsaber trademark infringement lawsuit18th Oct 16 | Entertainment News
Bosses at George Lucas' Lucasfilms have launched a trademark infringement lawsuit against the owner of a lightsaber training academy.
Michael Brown, who operates the businesses New York Jedi, the Lightsaber Academy, and Thrills and Skills, has been slapped with a lawsuit, in which he's accused of infringing on parent company Disney's Star Wars franchise.
"Defendants regularly use the Lucasfilm Trademarks without authorization in connection with their businesses," the complaint reads. "Among other infringing activities, Defendants use a logo that is nearly identical, and confusingly similar, to Lucasfilm's trademark Jedi Order logo... round in shape, with six wing-like shapes curving upward (three per side), and an eight-pointed star featuring elongated top and bottom points stretched into a vertical line."
Executives at the film company claim they sent several cease and desist notices, but Brown ignored them and filed a trademark application for Lightsaber Academy, Inc.
They are now seeking a permanent injunction, damages and profits, or up to $2 million (GBP1.6 million) in statutory damages for each trademark infringed, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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