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.
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.
“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.”
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Beckham recently revealed his Inter Miami franchise will play their first two seasons in Fort Lauderdale.
The Manchester United legend has been looking for a place to house the franchise for six years with three previous options falling through due to cost, legal wrangling and local opposition.
A location was settled on last year near the city’s airport but there are still some problems to overcome at the ambitious Miami Freedom Park.
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