Teen Trademark troubles… McFest vs. McDonalds

3 02 2010

Remember our post on North Face v. South Butt?  Well, its happened again – a huge corporation is suing a teenager over a trademark application.  Only this time it’s a bigger corporation.

Lauren McClusky, a 19 year old Chicago native with a big heart, founded a charity concert event called McFest.  The event raises funds for the Special Olympics in Chicago.  She has been hosting the annual event since 2007 and has so far raised $30,000.  She named the event, McFest, after her last name, McClusky.

Everything was going fine until she decided to trademark the name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  When the USPTO published the pending application in the Official Gazette to put the world on notice, McDonalds objected because of the similarity to its trademarks.  According to the Chicago Sun Times, McDonalds has an entire host of ‘Mc’ type trademarks:


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