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UConn: 'Our Goal Is To Work Amicably With The (Morgan) School'

In an email obtained by Patch, the head of the university's Office of Trademark Licensing and Branding says, "We have not threatened litigation or made any specific demands of The Morgan School.'

 

In an email to a Clinton resident obtained by Patch, the head of the University of Connecticut's Office of Trademark Licensing and Branding says the school is working with the administration of The Morgan School to smooth over an uproar over both schools' mascot, the Husky.

The similarities between the Husky mascots became a public issue recently after someone emailed the university complaining about the similiarity between its Husky and the Husky mascot for The Morgan School.

The result is that , but its design and look must change so as not to be confused with the UConn Husky, said Morgan School Principal Keri Hagness. UConn has trademarked the Husky logo.

There are several large Husky logos in existence at the Morgan School,  including the large painted Husky on the gymnasium floor and the new Husky logo on the artificial turf field.

UConn has not indicated a date of when these mascots need to be redesigned, but has issued a "cease and desist" on all new production of Morgan Huskies including items such as sports apparel, said Hagness.

This is the email from UConn's head of Trademark Licensing and Branding, Kyle Muncy:

Your correspondence to the President’s office was forwarded to my attention. We appreciate your support of the University and your concern for this issue and I wanted to take a moment to respond to your concerns regarding our communication with The Morgan School about the Husky Dog logo.

As an initial matter, please understand that the University owns rights in its trademarks and has devoted a lot of time in creating them and protecting them. Under trademark law, mark owners are obligated to protect their rights or they risk losing them. The University has to address many issues, this among them, so it can maintain the integrity of its marks. That has been the simple goal of our communication with The Morgan School.

In addition, one point I would like to clarify is that we are addressing the use of the logo only and not their use of the term “Huskies”. There are many other schools and teams that use Huskies as their mascot. UConn does not have exclusivity in that regard.

Also, despite what you may have heard, we have not threatened litigation or made any specific demands of The Morgan School. Our goal is to work amicably with the school toward a reasonable resolution and the school has been very responsive and cooperative.

It is also important to note that we are not forcing the school to make immediate changes. The goal is to work out a reasonable phase out plan that has limited impact on the school’s budget. We are aware that a new school is being built in the near future and some changes will wait until that time. We have also heard from the school that they hope to engage the student population in the creation of a new logo that The Morgan School can call its own and that the students have been receptive to that idea.

Again, thanks very much for your support of the University. Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any further questions or concerns regarding this issue.

Kyle

Thomas Cornick October 24, 2012 at 01:58 AM
A bully with a lawyer is still a bully. The Clinton school caving into these demands sets what kind of example ?
David Palmer October 24, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Right on Tom. Perhaps all Morgan Students, Alumni & Clintoites should go to UCONN's Web and email the U telling them what you think (as I have) of their ignorance - maybe they should consider, according to The Clinton Historical Soceity, that The Morgan Scholl was built TEN YERAS before UCONN was founded on a land grant - so we, as the elder, should have first consideration toa Logo .
Jennifer Pendleton October 28, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I believe this is an unfortunate situation that should be a non-issue. The differences between the two mascots are distinct enough. All across the country mascots are repeated (there are so many Tigers etc.) and I am convinced that the UConn Husky is completely recognizable and not to be confused with the Morgan Husky. I feel that Morgan should not have to incur expenses to change something that was clearly not intended to be an imitation or infringe on copyright laws.
Jeff Burr March 13, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I feel this issue needs to be put back on the front page again since I just saw a news story on Channel 8's website that UConn is now changing their logo to be revealed in April sometime. So raise a stink about Morgan's logo, make them change it, then change your own? Really?
Fay Abrahamsson March 13, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Jeff - you will see an article on this subject for tomorrow morning's Clinton Patch.

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