Cleveland Indians Respond To Logo Lawsuit

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians have asked a federal judge to stop the Indian Motorcycle Co. of Gilroy, Calif., from using a similar script logo.

The team made its response Monday to a lawsuit filed by the company two months ago in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

The club said it has long used a script logo of the word 'Indians' that is protected by trademarks. The images are "famous and well-known," the club said.

The motorcycle company's use of its script Indian logo without a motorcycle reference would confuse consumers, the baseball team said.

The club appealed to the court to dismiss the motorcycle company's lawsuit, which asked for a ruling that its use of the Indian logo would not be confusing.

Motorcycle company officials could not be reached for comment. A message seeking comment was left at company offices after regular business hours Wednesday.

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