Can a vendor use a grandfather clause to get a trademark? Posted on April 06, 2011

For nearly 75 years people have been selling FDNY shirts, hats, patches etc in stores, online etc. in 2006, the City of NY saw an opportunity to "cash in" on FDNY merchandise and trademarked FDNY. They are noe saying no one can sell FDNY items without getting (crappier) stuff from there approved vendors. What I want to know is if there is a grandfather clause on trademark law, especially for those legal business who were in business and selling FDNY material prior to 2006.

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