In 1905, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, headquartered in New Brunswick, registered a Greek red cross design (Cross Design) for use in connection with certain medical and surgical products with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. J&J owns additional federal registrations that incorporate the Cross Design as well.

J&J recently sued the American Red Cross (ARC) for its use of the Cross Design in connection with the ARC’s licensing of the design of commercial products manufactured by third parties.

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