Trademark News & Screw-ups Ford Battling Universal Pictures Over Jurassic World’s ‘Raptor’ Trademark

First of all, Ford is not battling Universal in court. Ford has simply opposed Universal's trademark application that was approved by USPTO and published for opposition purposes. Secondly, Ford opposed Universal's trademark not because Ford thinks that dinosaurs and trucks have anything to do with one another. Ford opposed Universal's trademark because both Ford owns a trademark for RAPTOR that covers toys and Universal is in the process of obtaining a trademark for RAPTOR SQUAD—also for toys. In other words, there is a very small overlap between the goods and services—and that is what's got Ford's attention. Universal's problem, however, is that it NEEDS to also be able to sell toys and other merchandise. The opposition was just filed, so we'll see how this battle develops.

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