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Lake Mary HS gets to keep Ram logo

by Bill Cawthon on

Under a special agreement, Chrysler is allowing Lake Mary High School in Seminole County, Florida, to continue using the Ram logo the school has adopted as its athletic mascot. The school had been illegally using the Ram image, a registered trademark of Chrysler Group, and was going to have to spend a significant amount of money removing the logo from the gym floor, mats, athletic uniforms, and even the yearbook.

Instead of having to pay for the removals and other changes, Lake Mary High School will be able to use them as a “Chrysler Business Partner” and will promote the relationship with signs saying “Lake Mary: Proud Partner of Chrysler.”

Chrysler’s original actions in requiring the removal generated bad feelings in Lake Mary, a town of about 15,000 located north of Orlando. Residents felt the automaker was treating the school harshly, though Chrysler had no choice under current U.S. trademark law, which does not allow exceptions to its vigorous defense standards. Officials at both Chrysler and Lake Mary High hope the new agreement will help mend fences in the community.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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