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Intellectual Property

Apr. 18, 2024

San Francisco accuses Oakland airport of name infringement and confusion

City Attorney David Chiu argued that changing the name to San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport would damage the entire region's travel industry.

City Attorney David Chiu last month in San Francisco. (Shutterstock)

The City of Oakland's proposed new name for its airport violates San Francisco's trademark and confuses travelers, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by City Attorney David Chiu's office.

"We had hoped Oakland would come to its senses, but their refusal to collaborate on an acceptable alternative name leaves us no choice but to file a lawsuit to protect SFO's trademark," $95

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