Fred’s Fish Fry files lawsuit over trademark infringement on Spurs City Edition jersey

Fred’s Fish Fry, a popular San Antonio restaurant, has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the creator of a viral mock design featuring the San Antonio Spurs/Fred’s Fish City Edition jerseys. The lawsuit alleges that the creator, Adrian Galvan, illegally partnered with online stores, including Bexar County Social Apparel, to sell jerseys that depict Fred’s Fish Fry’s trademark red-white-and-blue pattern. Nearly 20 other online stores are also listed as defendants in the lawsuit.

According to the complaint, Fred’s Fish Fry owns trademark rights on its name and discernible logo, and the shops selling the jerseys are accused of “confusing consumers into believing” that the products are affiliated with the restaurant. The lawsuit is seeking a jury trial and payment of all profits attributable to the restaurant’s trademarked designs.

Galvan claims that his inspiration for the jersey design was the similarity between the new Spurs City Edition colors and another San Antonio restaurant, Bill Miller BBQ. He stated that he created the design based on the signature food box of Fred’s Fish Fry. The jersey design quickly went viral, and fans expressed their desire for it to become a reality. The jerseys were being sold on Wade and Williamson’s online store for $59 until the link to the mashup was taken down.

Mike Baez, the owner of Bexar County Social Apparel, which received a cease-and-desist letter from the Spurs legal team, is also named in the lawsuit. Baez denied any affiliation with Galvan or Wade and Williamson and stated that they promptly halted the sale of T-shirts in response to the cease-and-desist notice.

The lawsuit highlights the importance of protecting intellectual property rights and ensuring that consumers are not misled by unauthorized use of trademarks. Fred’s Fish Fry seeks a fair and satisfying outcome for all parties involved.

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