A Colorado judge has reached the remarkable conclusion that a hospital publicizing its star ratings and other recognition from a third party rating service in its marketing material might be committing copyright and trademark infringement. This is a little like saying that it could be copyright and trademark infringement for a law school to include its US News rankings in its marketing material or for a book publisher to issue a press release announcing its ranking on the New York Times bestseller list. CRAZY.
Sounds that way. But it was a federal judge who reached that conclusion, right? So how crazy could it be?
Anyway, next thing you know someone will be arguing that you can own batting averages or something!
Via Marty Schwimmer’s new @TrademarkBlog feed on Twitter.