Tribute or Trademark Infringement?

Local pizza restaurant NYPD Pizza is being sued for trademark infringement for “..”intentionally and purposefully” designing its logo to look like the department’s fabled shield and of decorating its pizzerias to resemble police precincts, complete with bills that look like summonses.”

NYPD Pizza owner Robert Russo, a transplanted New Yorker, argues that the logo, decor and bills are a tribute to the department which he holds in high esteem.

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Russo’s attorney is quoted as saying “We think the consumers are sophisticated enough to know the Police Department is not involved in running pizzerias,”

At least not here in Orlando.

So, what do you think? Acceptable tribute or trademark infringement? Or does anyone other than the New York Police Department even really care?

1 Comment so far

  1. Dee (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

    I think it’s pretty clear that New York Pizza Delicatessen is NOT the NYPD. Lots of fuss over nothing.

    Now, IF the pizza place was IN New York, that might be a different situation.

    I think it’s a nice tribute and a good play on words. Don’t know how the pizza is personally, but I’ve heard it’s pretty good.



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