There is a high-profile international trademark battle ongoing between Major League Soccer (MLS) and the legendary Italian soccer club Football Club Internazionale Milano S.p.A. (Inter Milan) over the mark “Inter.” Sports franchises in major American sports follow a simple naming convention: [place name] plus [noun, usually ending in s] (e.g., New York Yankees, or Washington Capitals). On the other hand, soccer, as the world’s game, has no such formula when scrutinized on the global scale, due to myriad languages and cultural norms.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on April 26, 2021. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Weinstein, Benjamin, "Old World Meets New World in Soccer Trademark Dispute" (2021). AELJ Blog. 287.