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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 1:46 pm    Post subject: owning a logo of a school Reply with quote

Please help.. advise is needed.

We are being threatened with legal action by our competetition in supply of school uniforms.

we are an embroidery business and we regularly digitize logos for customers.

We have had a rough old time since opening up our shop front as the other local supplier (not a manfacturer) is threatening to take action based on the fact that they own the schools logo. Can this be possible ??
(we believe that they have paid for their version of the badge to be digitised by an embroidery company)


We have assumed, as the school isnt interested, that the competetion rules would have protected us. and that copyright cannot be used.

We have also been informed that the DfES has recomended that school's open up the supply so a fair market price can be achieved. in line with the Office of Fair Trading.

HELP !
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My upstanding is that it is the school's governing body that appoints a clothing manufacturer (or manufacturers) to produce uniforms. They would also appoint shops that could sell the uniforms.

I would suggest that you contact the school in question and ask if you can be one of their appointed manufacturers.

The idea of a manufacturer owing the school's logo, seems ridiculous, (though I guess anything is possible!). Nevertheless, someone will own the logo (and I'm guessing it's the school), and you would of course need their permission to reproduce it.

It is true that the Office of Fair Trading has expressed concerns that agreements can often be anti-competitive and may disadvantage poorer parents, and schools are certainly being encouraged to open up the market for more competition, but ultimately it is the school's governing body who will decide who can manufacture and sell their uniforms.

Hope that helps..
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your feedback.

it seems moraly incorrect that a governing body can tax parents by setting high prices so they receive royalties.

looks like we will have to wait to see what happens with our competetion..!

we will watch the post waiting for the legal letter.
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