Drake University sues local community college over new logo

Des Moines Area Community College’s marketing features a single-character logo of the letter ‘D’ in a block-style font that’s similar to that used by Drake for the past 122 years.

Two central Iowa schools are pitted against each other in a legal battle over trademarks.

Des Moines’ Drake University, while citing an opinion from a costumed “Santa Claus,” is suing Des Moines Area Community College in federal court over the latter’s recent rebranding effort. DMACC’s marketing features a single-character logo of the letter ‘D’ in a block-style font that’s similar to that used by Drake for the past 122 years.

The community college says it will defend its new logo, arguing that “Drake University simply does not own the letter D.”

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