Anyone out there know trademark law? Could Richard Schwinn try to put his name on Waterfords, arguing that he is entitled to use his family name, regardless who bought the company name from his relatives? I think I saw recently that a member of the Gallo family established a cheese-making business and marked the product with the Gallo name and the rooster logo, that being the English translation of the Italian name. There was a lawsuit, but I don't know who won. Perhaps it makes a difference if it is a different product, cheese vs. wine, whereas Richard would be competing with the same products that bear his family name. If not simply Schwinn, could he mark them "R. Schwinn"?
> Actually, Scott bought the name when Ed Schwinn bankrupted the company
> (1993 through the Zell-Chilmark fund, who in turn sold the company
> to Questor Partners in 1997. Questor merged Schwinn with GT (1998),
> where the management bankrupted both firms so that Pacific Cycles
> could buy both brands cheap on the auction block (2001) after a fight
> with Huffy in Bankruptcy court.
> At Wednesday, 12 February 2003, Garrison Hilliard <email@example.com>
> >On 11 Feb 2003 12:05:02 -0800, you wrote:
> >>Uh, they didn't steal the family name, they bought it after Richard's
> >>and others ran a Century-old powerhouse Company into the ground IIRC.
> >Actually, another company (Scott) bought the name after Ed Scwinn
> >family business by being a total dumbass, then that company went
> bankrupt and
> >Pacific (of crappy bike fame) aquired the name via auction.
> >Garrison Hilliard
> >Canto 4, Circle 5