Top Ad
I DIG Radio
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Miami, Milan in settlement talks over 'Inter' name

Written by 
Published in Soccer
Friday, 05 March 2021 14:58

MLS and Inter Milan are in settlement talks related to the trademark battle over the use of the word "Inter."

On March 2, MLS submitted a filing to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in which it indicated: "The parties are actively engaged in negotiations for the settlement of this matter. Major League Soccer, L.L.C. requests that this proceeding be suspended for 60 days to allow the parties to continue their settlement efforts."

- Miami confident in Inter Milan trademark dispute over name
- MLS, Inter Miami dispute Inter Milan's U.S. trademark application

In 2014, Inter Milan filed a trademark application with the USPTO stating that the term "Inter" is synonymous with Inter Milan. In 2018, MLS applied for its own trademark for the name Inter Miami CF with the USPTO, and subsequently filed an opposition to Inter Milan's trademark efforts in 2019. Because MLS is structured as a "single entity" and not a league with franchises, it was the league that filed the objection on behalf of Inter Miami.

In the MLS filing, it stated that Inter Milan's application should be refused because the term "Inter" is merely descriptive. It also argued that allowing Milan's use of the term would result in a "likelihood of confusion" in the marketplace.

Miami's "likelihood of confusion" argument was twice rejected by the USPTO on the grounds that MLS has no existing rights to the word "Inter," with the most recent ruling taking place on Dec. 9, 2020. That decision had led to concern that Inter Miami may have to change its name, though at the time, the team had insisted that "the Club is not in jeopardy of changing its trademark-approved name or marks."

Writing in's Daily Business Review, South Florida business attorney David Winker said the news of settlement talks isn't a surprise. (Winker has previously sued Inter Miami to overturn a stadium referendum in Miami, as well as stop demolition on a stadium project in Ft. Lauderdale. The former lawsuit was dismissed while the latter was defeated in court.)

"Trademark disputes often settle because trademark litigation is expensive, and because the stakes are so high," Winker wrote on's Daily Business Review. "It is not surprising that a settlement is being reached in this case. Inter Miami having to rebrand after its flashy roll-out would be expensive and embarrassing. A settlement would also allow the parties to proceed with their respective trademark applications, and set parameters for the parties respective use of their trademarks."

Read 34 times


Greenwood brace helps Man Utd past Burnley

Greenwood brace helps Man Utd past Burnley

A Mason Greenwood double helped Manchester United close the gap at the top of the Premier League wit...

Leicester hold off Saints to reach FA Cup final

Leicester hold off Saints to reach FA Cup final

Kelechi Iheanacho scored the game's only goal as Leicester City saw out a narrow victory over Southa...

Messi's father in Barca with future still unclear

Messi's father in Barca with future still unclear

Lionel Messi's father and agent, Jorge, arrived in Barcelona from Argentina on Sunday with the forwa...


Sources: Pels finalizing deal with NBL's Louzada

Sources: Pels finalizing deal with NBL's Louzada

The New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a multi-year deal with Brazilian guard Didi Louzada, league...

NBA fines Spurs $25K for violating resting rules

NBA fines Spurs $25K for violating resting rules

NEW YORK -- The NBA fined the San Antonio Spurs $25,000 on Sunday for violating the league's player...


Giants' McGee, Webb go on IL after vaccination

Giants' McGee, Webb go on IL after vaccination

MIAMI -- San Francisco Giants closer Jake McGee and right-hander Logan Webb went on the injured list...

Monday's Twins-A's game PPD for COVID issues

Monday's Twins-A's game PPD for COVID issues

Monday's game between the Twins and Athletics at Oakland Coliseum has been postponed as the Twins or...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation

Sponsored Links

I DIG® Newspapers
I Dig® Newspapers, stay up to date with the latest news from around the world.
I DIG® Casino
I Dig® Casino, explore our online casino games, play a wide range of free slots and casino games at our online casino today.
I DIG® Radio
I Dig® Radio HD is the only place in the internet where you can find free, super high bit rate internet radio stations from around the world. On I Dig® Radio HD you can find free radio stations streaming at 256kbps.

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.


Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.