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Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 05:25 PM UTC
Our train aficionados probably know that Union Pacific has taken legal action against Lionel for Trademark Infringement. According to Lionel the action is over: and itís good news for the modeling community.
For quite some time Union Pacific has been taking legal steps against Lionel for trademark licensing issues.
These legal actions have been an ongoing battle as far back as 2002. Union Pacific (UP) has not only gone after Lionel, but other related companies.
The most recent action was in February of 2006. Union Pacific is vigerously trying to protect not only the UP logo but its Southern Pacific Lines log, and its Western Pacific logo. Based on news accounts it looks like they have settled.
In an open letter on its website Lionel announces that it has come to a licensing agreement with UP. Lionel will be able to use the UP logos.

This is good news for Lionel and for the modeling community in general. There have been a number of legal issues with copy write infringement issues. A win for the modeling side is a win for the longevity of the industry.

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Pathetic...it's all about the almighty dollar....for UP! This why I like my fallen flag, CB&Q, it simply no longer exists. Well, actually, the "burlington" still exists after the 69' merger with great northern and is carried on today with BNSF...but any cascade green car I have/model is a "burlington pre-merger" car. :-) I can see others following suit in the near future so they can claim they're extra money as well...just like what's been goin on in the rest of the model industry...royalties for using our name/logo!
SEP 14, 2006 - 07:59 PM
I get what you're saying and its a bit sad. If the UP's of the world would realize that Lionel (and others) are doing more good for thier company by providing modelers with their name then life would be so much easier. Overall I'm glad they agreed and Lionel is able to use the name. It is at least a positive outcome for modeling. WIth the huge copy write issue that is looming from the big airlines, government, and others this win is a step in the right direction.
SEP 14, 2006 - 08:16 PM
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