University of Pittsburgh v. Champion Products, Inc.

686 F.2d 1040 (1982)

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University of Pittsburgh v. Champion Products, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
686 F.2d 1040 (1982)

Facts

Beginning in the 1930s, the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) (plaintiff) allowed Champion Products, Inc. (Champion) (defendant) to make and sell apparel bearing its name in stores on and near Pitt’s campus, as well as in other stores in the Pittsburgh area. In 1980, after a decade of athletic success and a rise to national prominence, Pitt obtained a trademark covering certain marks or combinations, including eight for use on clothing. Champion declined Pitt’s request to execute a licensing agreement. Pitt filed an action in state court, alleging trademark infringement under common law and state law. The action was removed to federal court, and a district court held that Pitt’s claims were barred by the doctrine of laches. Pitt appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Van Dusen, J.)

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