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Georgia challenges Virginia school's trademark on Regent University name

Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 4:23 PM
Last updated Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 1:55 AM
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Not only is the state of Georgia not backing off the proposed name for the consolidated public universities in Augusta, but it also has launched an attack on Re­gent University’s trademarked name.

In a Dec. 21 response to the Virginia university’s amended lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Augusta, the Georgia attorney general acknowledges Regent University has had a trademark on that name since 1990. However, according to court records, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia filed a petition Dec. 4 seeking the cancellation of that registration.

The challenge is pending before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. According to the administrative board’s Web site, the case has pretrial matters scheduled through February 2014.

According to the private Atlanta firm hired to represent Georgia’s Board of Regents in the challenge, the name “Regent” should not be trademarked because it is a generic term used by many universities.

Regent University in Vir­ginia Beach, Va., sent a cease-and-desist letter to Georgia’s Board of Regents on Aug. 4, a few days before the board was scheduled to select a new name for the merged Georgia Health Sciences and Augusta State universities.

The board decided 17 to 1 to approve the name Geor­gia Regents University.

The board is scheduled to take a final vote on the name Jan. 8.

In response to the lawsuit, Georgia denies the proposed name for Augusta’s university has caused or will cause any harm or monetary damages to the Virginia school.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 12/28/12 - 06:06 pm
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Only the attorneys will make money on this!

The Georgia Board of Regents have pooped in their mess kits with their name of Augusta's two Universities. They won't back down and we will have to live with what they have prescribed but we don't have to like it!

Worst thing is that we the taxpayer will have to pay in legal fees for the Regents boondoggle!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/28/12 - 06:52 pm
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Oh, there's no doubt that the

Oh, there's no doubt that the people of Georgia don't agree with our own state in this matter.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/28/12 - 07:29 pm
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Dixieman has 5 billion points

And you know who's paying for the unnamed "private Atlanta law firm" to represent the state of Georgia in this case? That's right, you and me, brothers and sisters, our tax dollars at work....

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/28/12 - 08:53 pm
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1st 3 comments nailed it.

But from a Political view AZZZZ and Deal are both toast.
Include me in the group that would love to see them, by named, in a counter-suit for fraud, waste and abuse.

BTW: Still no word back from the GA IG office on this?

KSL
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KSL 12/28/12 - 09:46 pm
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Regent U' s lawsuit is a huge

Regent U' s lawsuit is a huge face saving opportunity for Azziz, Deal and the regents to back down and please the majoriy.

ralphinga
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ralphinga 12/28/12 - 10:24 pm
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My Suggestion

If you're going to get sued than you should have gone for the forbidden name ' Augusta National University '. That would have been worth the effort.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/28/12 - 10:24 pm
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Incredibly Monstrous Egos

These simply are horrible people. Nathan Deal, take notice. The people of this area hate what you have allowed and now loathe the person placed at the head of two much-loved institutions. He is as weird as can be and he is now probably the most disliked person in the CSRA.

And they know there's a reasonable chance Virginia's Regent University could win, which is one reason nobody is ordering new letterhead paper and new logos are not showing up all that quickly.

What a great position for a "leader". The best shot at leadership he's got now is at the head of a parade out of town.

And it DIDN'T have to be this way. Rockhead.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/28/12 - 11:32 pm
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"Regent University has had a

"Regent University has had a trademark on that name since 1990. However, according to court records, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia filed a petition Dec. 4 seeking the cancellation of that registration."

Of all the unmitigated gall of USG's Board of Regents!

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 12/28/12 - 11:51 pm
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Most of you people are
Unpublished

Most of you people are small-town delusional. The state of Georgia will win this one. Regent University is a "one man and a dog" operation and it bit off more than it could chew with this lawsuit. The name "Georgia Regents University" be allowed to stand.

And Riverman, "the people of Georgia", outside of Augusta, couldn't give a toss about your ridiculous "save the A" campaign. Nobody in Atlanta wants the state medical school to be named "the University of Augusta". Get real.

curly123053
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curly123053 12/29/12 - 08:43 am
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Absurd!!

I hope Regent University takes the BOR to the cleaners in this matter! Not only are the BOR's forcing their will on us here in the CSRA, but now they are trying to force their will on a Virginia university! Will the BOR be victorious once again?

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 12/29/12 - 08:43 am
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To Fiat_Lux

I could not agree with you more!!!
And Willow Bailey - how right you are!!!

JRC2024
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JRC2024 12/29/12 - 11:29 am
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What is the problem with the

What is the problem with the dunderheads. Do they have too much sense and could care less about what the people they represent think? I think so. It will always be Medical College of Georgia, Augusta College and Clarks Hill Lake to me no matter what they do.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/29/12 - 12:33 pm
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Thumbs up to Willow on her comment.

From the story:

According to the private Atlanta firm hired to represent Georgia’s Board of Regents in the challenge, the name “Regent” should not be trademarked because it is a generic term used by many universities.

Isn't this just like a law firm to throw in confusion instead of clarity. Look at the absurdity in this law firm's argument: . . . the name "Regent" should not be trademarked because it is a generic term. . . . This august Atlanta law firm knows full well that there is no trademark on the word "Regent." Of course you cannot trademark a common word. The trademark is Regent University ®

The lawyers know that, but they want to confuse others. A wise judge will see through that in a New York minute.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 12/29/12 - 01:55 pm
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Last time I posted my opinion
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Last time I posted my opinion of this matter, the Chronicle removed it. Deal, the heartless Augusta Commission, and the Mayor must all want out of office. No one in this area will vote them back in based on their handling of the name change game.

harley_52
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harley_52 12/29/12 - 03:08 pm
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Sounds To Me...

....like something a Title Pawn Company might come up with when their ethics were challenged.

I'm embarrassed by the entire "Regents" shenanigan the Georgia State Government has pulled on law abiding, tax paying citizens.

KSL is correct, this is an opportunity for the State Government to save some face and get out from under this entire fiasco. They should do just that, but even if they do they will never recover their reputation. You can't un-wring the bell.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/29/12 - 04:18 pm
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Private

As a branch of state government, the Georgia Board of Regents could have used the legal services of the state Attorney General’s office. Their costs are already provided for in the state budget. But, no-o-o-o. The Board of Regents went with a fancy private Atlanta law firm, with a hefty hourly fee, no doubt. Are the Regents concerned that Regent University’s case is so strong that government attorney's might bungle the University system’s case?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 12/29/12 - 08:35 pm
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I don't care....I mean, after

I don't care....I mean, after all the idiotic things we've been fed, and now the shiesters trying to go after the Virginia Regents trademark rights to their name, it's ridiculous and petty. These people do not care one iota what we think about this entire mess. What will be done, will be done, regardless of what any of us have to say about it. How can you care about something that you obviously don't have a voice in...let's not forget the charade of them allowing us to enter potential names, and then they went ahead with one of their own that "won".

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