Warsaw Schools' tiger logo found to be in violation of trademark

A tiger trademarked by a university in Missouri Is tracked down in Warsaw.

Recently Warsaw schools received a letter to stop using their tiger logo.

A licensing company found out it was the same tiger logo as the University Of Missouri's and issued a cease and desist order.

The tiger is trademarked by Missouri but nearly identical to Warsaw's.

The logo can be found on Warsaw's track, trash cans, stationary, staff uniforms, and football uniforms.

A few years ago Warsaw re-designed their tiger to modernize it but didn't intend to copy Missouri's.

“I'm disappointed we have to make an adjustment but if we had done something that is not right than I certainly want to comply with whatever needs to be done to resolve the issue. I believe the whole situation was inadvertent,” explains Assistant Superintendent Chris Gensinger from Warsaw Community Schools.

“I don't think there is anything we are locked into or something that we have used for years and years. So it is something we can move forward with and maybe we can find something that's even better,” says Athletic Director Joe Santa with Warsaw Community Schools.

Officials say the school will likely have to just phase out the use of the mark.

Meanwhile the school is thinking about having students help design a new one.


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