Lucasfilm, a subsidiary of Disney, has filed a lawsuit was filed against Michael Brown, described as operating businesses including New York Jedi, the Lightsaber Academy and Thrills and Skills, that purports to teach interested Star Wars fans the ways of the Jedi.
The defendant’s services, including classes and teaching certifications, are pitched at LightsaberAcademy.com, which also describes “core principles” leading to practice in “Academic Form, Stage, and/or Dueling.”
The owner of the Star Wars franchise is now in California federal court talking about cybersquatting, trademark infringement and unfair competition. “Defendants regularly use the Lucasfilm Trademarks without authorization in connection with their businesses,” states the complaint. “Among other infringing activities, Defendants use a logo that is nearly identical, and confusingly similar, to Lucasfilm’s trademark Jedi Order logo… round in shape, with six wing-like shapes curving upward (three per side), and an eight-pointed star featuring elongated top and bottom points stretched into a vertical line.”
Lucasfilm says it has served multiple cease notices, and that the Brown has responded by filing a trademark application for “Lightsaber Academy, Inc.” The plaintiff now demands a permanent injunction, actual damages and profits, or alternatively, up to $2 million in statutory damages for each trademark infringed.