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A federal court in Florida ruled that a local church's unauthorized use of the name "Seventh-Day Adventist" (and the acronym "SDA") could be prohibited.

Key pointChurch Names A church name is a valuable property right that is protected by the legal principle of unfair competition. Protection also is available under federal trademark law.

A federal court in Florida ruled that a local church's unauthorized use of the name "Seventh-Day Adventist" (and the acronym "SDA") could be prohibited on the ground that they violated the national Seventh-Day Adventist Church's trademark. In 1980 the Seventh-Day Adventist Church (the "national church") obtained a trademark registration for the name "Seventh-Day Adventist" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The trademark application indicated that the mark would be used in connection with several goods and services including religious publications, employee health care and benefit programs, medical insurance programs, educational services, film production, health care services, and ...

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  • July 2, 2001

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