David Beckham: Inter Milan ‘to take legal action’ over name of Manchester United legend’s MLS franchise


David Beckham: Inter Milan ‘to take legal action’ over name of Manchester United legend’s MLS franchise

David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer franchise could be in legal trouble with Inter Milan.

The former England captain’s new team, Inter Miami, are due to join the MLS in 2020.

David Beckham’s MLS franchise are due to enter the league in 2020

The Italian club are understood to be unhappy about the use of ‘Inter’ in the club’s branding, according to Calciomercato.

Inter Milan claim the name infringes on a trademark application it filed in the United States.

The MLS contest this, though, and argue that the use of ‘Inter’ is commonly used by football clubs worldwide.

“The use of ‘INTER’ is merely descriptive of Inter Milan and its goods and services, relying on the grounds laid by examining attorneys,” reads a trademark dispute document filed by the league and published by ProSoccer USA.

David Beckham recently revealed where Inter Miami would play for their first two seasons

“The term ‘INTER’ is short for ‘international’ and ‘INTER’ is commonly used to describe soccer teams.

“Because of the widespread use of the term ‘INTER’ in soccer, the relevant consumers do not associate the term ‘INTER’ with one soccer team; ‘INTER’ by itself is not a source indicator in connection with goods and services associated with soccer, ‘INTER’ has not become distinctive as used on, or in connection with, the applicant’s goods and services in the United States.”