Yale trademark lawsuit settled

July 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM
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CAMDEN, N.J., July 3 (UPI) -- Yale University has won its New Jersey court battle to have college entrance exam preparation company Yale Academy change its name.

The trademark infringement lawsuit, filed in May in U.S. District Court in Camden, was settled last week in favor of Yale University, which alleged Yale Academy was illegally using its trademark at locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Terry Yang, who founded Yale Academy in 1995, said the name was never intended to cause confusion or associate his business with the prestigious college founded in 1701. He said "Yale" is a combination of his last name, Yang, and his wife's last name, Lee.

Yang said Yale Academy's logo was blue, similar to Yale University, because blue is his favorite color.

"No one has ever been confused between Yale Academy and Yale University," he said.

However, Yang agreed to change the name of Yale Academy to Y2 Academy as of Aug. 31.

Yale University spokesman Tom Conroy said the Ivy League school often takes legal action when its name appears to have been infringed upon.

"Our concern is heightened" by possible suggestion of "a programmatic relationship between Yale University and the particular business, as may happen in the field of education," he said.

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