Are they hardup or something? Come on, it's not like the Red Cross is going to turn into a Target or something.
American Red Cross sued over its emblem by Johnson & Johnson
AFP | Published: Friday August 10, 2007
After more than a century of sharing the same emblem, a red cross on a white field, Johnson & Johnson has sued the American Red Cross for using its trademark for other than non-profit purposes.
J&J claims the ARC is marketing first-aid kits to make a profit, while the Red Cross says the money from the sale of the kits goes exclusively to its relief services and called the pharmaceutical giant's lawsuit "obscene."
People around the world "look to the Red Cross emblem and see a worldwide symbol of humanitarianism. The Red Cross will vigorously defend and protect our emblem and mission," ARC President Mark Everson said Friday in a statement.
Pharmaceutical giant J&J said it was "very disappointed" at the ARC's campaign to license the trademark "to several businesses for commercial purposes on all types of products being sold."
J&J said that by marketing products such as baby mitts, nail clippers, combs, toothbrushes and humidifiers, the ARC was violating a long-standing agreement that J&J would use its trademark on commercial products while ARC would use it in connection with its non-profit relief services.