Cape Cod Team Prepares To Sue WooSox Over Secondary Logo
The Cape Cod Baseball League Wareham Gatemen are "gearing up to sue the newly christened WooSox, claiming that one of Worcester's upcoming Triple-A team's logos is just a rip off of the Wareham team's 'W," according to Sean Philip Cotter of the BOSTON HERALD. The WooSox' "main logo is a round smiley-faced yellow ball swinging a bat." Another main logo is a "W" in a "curlicue typeface with a heart in the middle, supposedly representing Worcester as the heart of the state." But "neither of those bother" Wareham Gatemen Senior VP Glen Hannington, also a Boston attorney. He is "crying foul" over another logo, a different "W" with a typeface similar to the Red Sox' iconic "B." The WooSox are "hawking that standalone 'W' on some of the hats now for sale on their website." Hannington: "Morally that's our 'W,' legally that's our 'W.'" Hannington said that if organizations do not "push back on other people using their trademarks, they lose the exclusive rights to them under the law" (BOSTON HERALD, 11/27). In Massachusetts, Michael Bonner notes each logo for the WooSox "pays tribute to the team's new home as well as the team's parent club." MiLB "received trademark rights to WooSox a month prior to a tentative deal between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the city" (MASSLIVE.com, 11/27).