Streetsboro's 3-year legal tussle with University of Toledo over Rocket sports logo resolved

By Mike Lesko | Gateway News Published:

Streetsboro school leaders believe a three-year legal tug-of-war with the University of Toledo involving the sports logos of both facilities is finally over.

The problem? Both institutions use a rocket as a logo, and Toledo thinks Streetsboro School District's is too similar to theirs.

The solution? After a slightly redesigned Streetsboro logo a couple of years ago apparently didn't satisfy the university, the city schools agreed last month not to copyright the logo they use.

Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said the situation began in 2011 when University of Toledo officials said they were going to sue Streetsboro schools.

"We came to an agreement with the University of Toledo," Daulbaugh said. "We changed our Rocket logo. We have a new Rocket logo."

Athletic Administrator Randy Tevepaugh said the logo was modified by removing some of the highlights.

Daulbaugh said the next step in the process was to trademark it, but that caused issues with Toledo again.

"(They said) it looks too much like (Toledo's) logo -- even though they approved that logo and said it was OK," Daulbaugh said.

The solution, attorneys tell Daulbaugh, is to not trademark it.

"So the feeling is, the University of Toledo will agree to allow us to use the new logo --- however we want, wherever we want, whenever we want. We just don't trademark it," he said.

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