Johnson & Johnson sues Red Cross for infringing Red Cross Trademark

In a lawsuit filed in New York, Johnson & Johnson said it has for more than 100 years “owned exclusive trademark rights in the Red Cross Design for first aid and wound care products sold to the consuming public, including first aid kits.”

Johnson & Johnson claims that back in 1895, the founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton, agreed and acknowledged the company’s “exclusive use of a red cross as a trademark and otherwise for chemical, surgical, pharmaceutical goods of every description.”

Although I can quite see why the head of the American Red Cross has described this development as being ‘obscene’, may I humbly counsel that the medical charity dispenses with the religious symbol that some might find offensive, and that they adopt a neutral and non-offensive red diamond as Israel did last year, instead of the Star or David prior to join the International Red Cross?

Such a move might distance the American charity from the dubious history of the International Red Cross which turned a blind eye to concentration camps and then helped Nazis escape justice, and from the British Red Cross which published Mein Kamf in weekly instalments in the thirties.

Categories: Intellectual Property, News, Opinion, pharmaceuticals, trademarks

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