OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Tulsa businessman who uses the words
"BARKSTRONG" and "PURRSTRONG" on pet collars is suing the Lance
Armstrong Foundation in a trademark dispute.
The Austin-based Armstrong Foundation was founded by seven-time
Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. It sells the popular
bracelets with the "LIVESTRONG" motto on them, with proceeds
going to benefit cancer research.
Chris Ohman of the Tulsa-founded Animal Charity Collar Group
sells the pet collars with the money to help animal welfare groups
in the Tulsa area.
Ohman was given a patent for his pet collar in December and says
the Armstrong Foundation is infringing on his intellectual property
because it also sells pet collars with the "LIVESTRONG" slogan.
The Armstrong Foundation filed a similar lawsuit against Ohman
last year in federal court in Austin.
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