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‘Hokie’ may have its day in court

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The Roanoke Times reported that last fall, Virginia Tech sued a Blacksburg, Va., real estate company for using the word "Hokie" in its name. Now the real estate company has countersued, claiming that the university, based in Blacksburg, has perpetrated a fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Times reported that the college sued Hokie Real Estate in October, claiming that in using the term "Hokie" (the nickname of the school's sports teams), it is infringing its exclusive right to the trademark. A lawyer for the real estate company told the Times that its new lawsuit asserts that the university's trademark application contains inaccuracies about the use of the Hokies term and asks the court to strip the school of its Hokies trademark, among other things. Got an item you'd like us to consider for the Real Estate Roundabout? Send us an email. Contact Inman News: Email Letter to the Editor ...