Published November 23, 2016
WINDOW ROCK – The Navajo Nation and Urban Outfitters (URBN) has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the tribe in 2012. The infringement lawsuit claimed the retailer was profiting from using the Navajo Nation trademark.
As with similar lawsuit settlements, terms of this lawsuit are confidential. However, the tribe reported the Navajo Nation and URBN agreed to enter a license and supply agreement and plan to collaborate on authentic American Indian Jewelry in coming years.
“We are a proud nation with talented artisans, scientists, lawyers and professionals who together represent the Navajo Nation,” said Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation. “We believe in protecting our Nation, our artisans, designs, prayers and way of life. We applaud URBN for acknowledging the validity of the Navajo Nation trademark and are glad we have settled this matter. We expect that any company considering the use of the Navajo name, or our designs or motifs, will ask us for our permission. The Navajo Nation is proud of its strong history and welcomes working in collaboration with URBN and other retailers to highlight our unique culture,” finished President Begaye.
Since 1786, the nation has gone by the name “Navajo” and has continuously used the Navajo trademark in commerce and has used the “Navajo” trademark throughout the United States and internationally in association with numerous products, including clothing, accessories, blankets, jewelry, foods, tools, decorations, crafts, gaming establishments, tourism, educational institutions, retail services, fairs and events, and a news publication.
“Navajo” has been a registered trademark since 1943, and is owned by the Navajo Nation.