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Regents reach settlement with Virginia school in trademark lawsuit

Friday, June 28, 2013 5:52 PM
Last updated Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:14 AM
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A private Virginia university has dropped its legal challenge to Augusta’s new state university name, officials said Friday

The Georgia Board of Regents reached a settlement in the trademark infringement lawsuit brought by Regent University that allows the board to use the name, Georgia Regents University, Georgia university system spokesman John Millsaps said in a statement.

The Virginia school filed its lawsuit in September after the board’s decision was announced renaming the merged Georgia Health Sciences and Augusta State universities.

“At the time the Board of Regents approved the name Georgia Regents University, it was our conclusion that we had the right to use the name. This agreement confirms this conclusion and allows each university to promote and protect its name and brand,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “We are pleased to move forward in the development of GRU as an institution that will continue to make significant and lasting contributions to Augusta, the state, nation and beyond.”

Regent University, which has had a trademark on its name since at least 1990, claimed the Georgia school’s name constituted trademark infringement and unfair competition. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Augusta, sought to bar the Georgia system from using the Georgia Regents name and also sought damages for harm it says Regent University has already sustained,

The lawsuit contended the Georgia Regents name was “likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception and will injure and damage Regent and the goodwill and reputation” of Regent’s trademark.

Lou Isakoff, the general counsel for Regent University, said he was still prohibited by the court from speaking about the case.

Millsaps said details of the settlement were not available Friday.

“I do know one thing, no money changed hands,” he said.

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Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 06/28/13 - 06:06 pm
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Politically motivated Name Changes for Publically owned

Politically motivated Name Changes for Publically owned facilities & roads are ridiculous and costly, not only to taxpayers, but also to private businesses and individuals. The costs associated with ordering/printing business letterhead, new checks, envelopes, road signs, etc. to accommodate & pacify inflated egos is expensive and happens too often in this State.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/28/13 - 07:46 pm
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{“I do know one thing, no

{“I do know one thing, no money changed hands,” he said.} SAY WHAT?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/28/13 - 07:47 pm
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What did GRU agree to? That's

What did GRU agree to? That's what I want to know.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 06/28/13 - 08:00 pm
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Sad, sad day. Very sad.

Don't you like how they waited until the tail end of a Friday afternoon to release this little gem? Almost everybody at MCG had already left for the weekend.

And, FYI, I found out just recently from someone who was actually part of the name choosing process that it was all Azziz and nobody else who foisted this stupid affront of a name on us. He did it, all by himself and the weenie regents just let him do it.

I will be soooooooooo glad when this awful man leaves for greener pastures. Maybe we will recover if it happens soon enough.

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crkgrdn 06/28/13 - 08:43 pm
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What a swipe at a sense of place, heritage and identity

Just returned from an overseas trip. Folks asked where we were from. We said Augusta, Georgia. Quick recognition from the locals, but not when I told them that I worked at GRU. NONE!

my.voice
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my.voice 06/28/13 - 08:45 pm
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And so it ends. Way to go

And so it ends. Way to go SAVE THE A committee (NOT)

Jake
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Jake 06/28/13 - 08:48 pm
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Maybe now....

....things can keep going forward for Augusta. Nah......
Other than the name thingy, just how are things progressing for GRU?
Is the University making progress in terms of enrollment, financial backing, goals, etc?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/28/13 - 09:32 pm
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Shut up, peons

You are just taxpayers who have to fund the name change study, new signs and letterheads, legal fees for the trademark litigation, etc. etc. How dare you ask for details of the secret settlement? Get back to your cubicles and construction sites.
(Also this was our last chance to stop ASU and MCG from becoming GRU. Now all hope of reversing this terrible decision is gone).

Butterbean
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Butterbean 06/28/13 - 09:36 pm
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I do hope that

some details of what was agreed upon and how it was decided are made public. We do deserve that, I believe.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/28/13 - 09:45 pm
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Later

From the story:

Georgia university system spokesman John Millsaps said in a statement, . . . “I do know one thing, no money changed hands.”

Now Millsaps has plausible deniability. No money had changed hands when he made his statement. But you can bet mucho, mucho dinero will change hands after some contracts are signed in the future.

This is a sad, sad agreement for Augustans and Georgians.

KSL
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KSL 06/29/13 - 02:18 am
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Get rid of Azziz!

Get rid of Azziz!

KSL
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KSL 06/29/13 - 02:20 am
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Looking forward to CG's

Looking forward to CG's shootout.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 06/29/13 - 03:57 am
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“Now all hope of reversing

“Now all hope of reversing this terrible decision is gone” That bus left the station a long time ago.

“just how are things progressing for GRU” current results mean nothing, only promised future results have bearing.

“Politically motivated Name Changes” are the only name changes worthy of attention from politically motivated persons.

“no money changed hands” Riiiight, maybe none changed hands but some will be changing hands.

"Shut up, peons “ Someone who understands how things work around here! (Get back to your cubicles and construction sites.)

“Get rid of Azziz!” Try holding your breath

“Looking forward to CG's shootout.” Finally! Something tangent and attainable!!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/29/13 - 05:51 am
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I wish Lou Isakoff, the

I wish Lou Isakoff, the general counsel for Regent University, would come on here under an assumed name and whisper to us what they were given in the settlement.

KSL
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KSL 06/29/13 - 06:34 am
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LL

Beat me to it. YET.

jmo
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jmo 06/29/13 - 07:39 am
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Did anyone.....

honestly believe that this was not going to be the outcome of this situation? With the money Azziz has at his disposal, he wasn't worried. The Virginia school probably saw it as a way to make a quick buck (or many bucks).

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/29/13 - 08:02 am
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The Settlement Revealed

With the many sleazy contacts I have, I’ve been able to get hold of the results of the settlement with Regent University in Virginia. On their side, they have agreed to drop the lawsuit and let GRU keep the name. Here is what GRU gave up.

30 automatic admissions to the medical school yearly for the next decade for students from the Virginia school. Remedial classes at GRU for students who will later enter Regent U. Paid for retreats (or weddings) at Savannah Rapids Pavilion with transportation provided on MCG buses. GRU campus police officers volunteering to work one weekend a month at the Virginia school. 3 All American golfers who will be leaving GRU anyway because of the ridiculous name. All the Ricardo Azziz “artwork” they can carry back to Virginia with them, plus that 55 Chevy up on blocks in Azziz’s driveway.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/29/13 - 08:11 am
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Riverman, you forgot free

Riverman, you forgot free conferences at the TEE Center, with their choice of dates, since it's vacant 99% of the time

corgimom
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corgimom 06/29/13 - 11:37 am
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If no money changed hands,

If no money changed hands, why is the agreement confidential? What would need to be hidden? I smell a big rat in this. I do not believe John Millsaps in the slightest.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/29/13 - 12:02 pm
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Seems like if it was filed in US District Court in Augusta

an Open Records request is in order.

Darby
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Darby 06/29/13 - 03:04 pm
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Should have read,

"I do know one thing, no money changed hands, YET”

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/29/13 - 06:44 pm
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Riverman... You forgot about

Riverman... You forgot about the player to be named at a later date...

jmo
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jmo 06/30/13 - 05:59 am
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There are other forms.....

of money besides "money" itself.

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