Football power USC proved today that it’s also a formidable opponent in the courtroom.
Led by Gibson Dunn partner Scott Edelman, the Trojans trounced the University of South Carolina on the field of trademark law. The Federal Circuit — upon further review of a US Patent and Trademark Office call — ruled (.pdf) that South Carolina could NOT trademark SC because it would be confusing with USC’s trademarked SC.
It may well have been the biggest win for USC this year, which failed to even contend for a national title and lost its popular head coach Pete Carroll at the end of the season. Joked Edelman: “Pete Carroll may even come back now after this.”
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“We’re 6-0 in our trademark season,” said Edelman with a laugh, noting that both panels had three judges.
But the biggest shocker of the whole case may be this: Edelman, although SoCal native and a big-time USC fan, actually calls Cal and Stanford his alma maters. A Cal and Stanford alum winning a trademark fight for USC? What’s next? Universal health care?
— Zusha Elinson