Always thought this was ridiculous. Does Iowa have the market cornered on stupid looking birds?
Not a patent and trademark lawyer but I work with one regularly. I don't think they really ever had a chance with this.
The school's nickname is Golden Eagles, it's a golden eagle. I've seen much more obvious copying of trademarks hold up to legal tests. There probably is some influence and if I made these laws as a designer myself I'd probably rule for Iowa, but seeing what actually happens they had no chance.
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