National Review, Inc. v. MacDonald (D. Mass. 20-cv-11968).

  • November 2, 2020

Conservative magazine and website publisher National Review, Inc. accuses Brett MacDonald of infringing its registered NATIONAL REVIEW and NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE trademarks, as well as National Review’s common-law “NR” trademark through MacDonald’s use of “Nationalist Review” and “NR” in connection with his website. Surprisingly (to me, at least), MacDonald’s site does not appear to seek to lure conservative readers to his site to post liberal/Democratic content, and instead is itself pretty right-leaning. In addition to the title of the website, MacDonald has a “Donate to NR” tab on the site. MacDonald was notified of the infringement in August, but to date has continued with the usage of these accused marks. National Review brings counts of common law and federal trademark infringement, state and federal unfair competition and false designation of origin, and state and federal trademark dilution.

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