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Quinn Emanuel Secures Complete Dismissal Victory for the Boy Scouts of America in Trademark Infringement Case

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Quinn Emanuel successfully represented the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in a trademark infringement case brought by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) in the Southern District of New York.  In 2018, the BSA began welcoming girls into its two core programs, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts (re-named Scouts BSA).  GSUSA alleged that the BSA’s use of the terms “Scout” and “Scouting” in connection with these two programs was infringing because GSUSA claimed it held exclusive rights to the term “Scout” when used in connection with youth service programs that included girls.  After more than two years of litigation, the Court rejected GSUSA’s claims, agreed with the BSA that its uses were not infringing, granted the BSA’s motion for summary judgment, and dismissed GSUSA’s complaint in its entirety.