The University of Houston is taking legal action against a 90-year-old downtown Houston law school that recently altered its name.
The fit filed in federal court claims that the recently relabeled Houston College of Law – formerly South Texas College of Law – has “willfully” infringed upon UH’s intellectual property.
“Through this name modification and by embracing UH’s color design, STCL is attempting to associate itself with the standing and reputation of the University of Houston System and the University of Houston Law Center,” the claim, submitted on Monday, states.
Houston College of Law authorities, who declined to comment Monday, have actually said they believe they were on firm legal ground in changing the name of the school, which they wished to more carefully associate with its long time home.
“We deciding to change the name of the 93-year-old law school based on overwhelming support to tie our institution with its birthplace in downtown Houston,” the law school’s board of directors said in a statement last week. “We think that we are on firm legal ground with this name change, which we are acting in the very best interest of the law school and its students.”
In a statement, UH officials stated South Texas College of Law is not ranked among the countries finest by U.S. News. The UH Law Center, on the other hand, landed at No. 50 in the yearly rankings.
“This is about safeguarding our reputation and our company,” UH Chairman Tilman Fertitta stated in the declaration. “We’ve earned our standing as a nationally ranked law center, and we won’t enable another person to alter their name and colors and market themselves on our success.”
Tony Buzbee, a prominent Houston attorney who represented former Gov. Rick Perry, is representing UH in the legal fight.
“The University of Houston Law Center’s brand name is associated across the country with first-class professors and lawyers,” Buzbee said in a declaration. “UH didn’t take shortcuts to attain this recognition. Our company believes the tried renaming of South Texas College of Law is nothing more than an improper shortcut to take advantage of the success UH has attained.”