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Penn State drops trademark infringement suit

Penn State has dropped its trademark infringement case against an educational service business on East Calder Way.

The university filed notice Thursday in U.S. Middle District Court that it was voluntarily dismissing its suit against Jeremy Robinson, who does business as PSUKnowHow.

The suit accused Robinson of trademark infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, trademark dilution and cyberpiracy.

In the complaint, the university claimed the use of the PSU trademark causes confusion and gives an indication the business is affiliated, sponsored or endorsed by Penn State.

The suit noted the www.psuknowhow.com/ website described the business as Penn State’s No. 1 private instruction service. It also contained a picture of the Nittany Lion shrine.

Although no reason was given for the dismissal, the business website now contains a statement that the company is not affiliated with Penn State. The line about being Penn State’s No. 1 private instruction service no longer appears, but the Web address has not changed.

Robinson’s use of PSU could impact the extensive positive goodwill and reputation enjoyed by the university, the suit stated.

The intentional use of PSU in the business’ Internet domain name was done with the bad-faith intent to profit from the good will associated with Penn State’s trademark, the university argued.

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