other metro teams with no issues..
urbandale-the "U" comes from Miamis U. The J Hawk can be tied to Kansas.
Hoover- The huskies is written in the same style as Nebraska's "Huskers"
East- Old "E" looked like green Bay Packers G.
Valley-Has used Tiger logos of LSU and Mizzou in the past.
Roosevelt-Briefly uses Wyoming's Cowboy.
Wisconsin just wanted to make a scene. you can do this for about any school. honestly if i was wisconsin i would feel honored not mad..just me i guess?
Carlisle uses K-States Wildcat logo. When the whole thing happened with Waukee a dew years ago, they asked K-State about it, and K-State said all they asked Carlisle to do waspay them $1.00 every three years for the use of the logo. They said they were honored someone wanted to use their logo on their athletic uniforms, and it really didn't upset them. As someone who lives in the Waukee school district, I honestly hate the flying W. We are the Warriors, not the Flying W's, but we can't use Warriors on anything because it's not politically correct.
It does seem to depend on the school. I think the Waukee W was as distinct from the Wisconsin W as the Urbandale U is from Miami. Yet Miami seemed to have no prob and Wisconsin threatened legal action. KSU will license their logo to high schools for $1.
Recently there was a dust up down here between a Kansas City high school and the University of Texas. UT asked that the logo be changed.
Don't mess with Texas logo, Gardner Edgerton High School learns - KansasCity.com
I don't disagree that it is within the rights of the universities to stop high schools from doing this, but I really think it is something they should let slide. It is so prevalent, and it really doesn't harm the college. Nobody is mistaking Waukee for Wisconsin. In fact, if anything, it increases awareness. I see Urbandales new logo and say, oh, they ditched the KU Jayhawk and use the Miami U now. It is more like free advertising than brand dilution.
So how about a fight for helmet designs? Probably not an issue as it probably can't be trademarked...
In fact, Urbandale's mascot used to be spelled "Jayhawk" but KU has the word itself trademarked. I know Urbandale had to change their bird to make it atleast 25% different from KU's and had to change their name to J-Hawks, which I believe they have a trademark on.
The only issue I had with this was that, as a previous poster stated, there are Wisconsin high schools, some very near Madison, that have the EXACT same W(The old flying W was in actuality a morph between the Wisky and Washington W's). IMO they had no business dealing with us until they approached the Wisconsin schools.
It really isn't too hard to come up with a logo based upon someone else, yet make it unique enough so that it doesn't breach their trademark. Whenever you are creating a logo that is based off of an already trademarked logo then all it takes is a search of the federal trademark to find out what they have reserved and how much you have to change to avoid such hassles. I bet in this instance if they were to change the curvature of the 'W' in question, a few more cosmetic changes and it would likely be far enough away from Wisconsin's that they couldn't do anything about it.
Iowa State has several things trademarked, including ISU... And it is all up to the person who owns the trademark to enforce it, they can pick and choose who they will allow to use it and whether for free, for $1, for $1000 dollars or not at all.