Inter Miami CF could be forced to change its name this year
Inter Milan won the first battle in the trademark war with Inter Miami and this could force the Major League franchise to change its name prior to the beginning of the season.
Inter Miami CF had a successful debut in Major League Soccer after qualifying for the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time in their history. Unfortunately they lost on penalties in the first round against another debutant, Nashville SC.
Now, co-owner David Beckham will take a more active role in the second season, because he wants his club to win the MLS Cup as soon as possible. They are also trying to make a permanent move to Melreese Golf Course, next to Miami International Airport, but they have encountered opposition from the community.
Legal battle continues in court
Another huge problem for David Beckham’s MLS franchise is the ongoing trademark battle between with Inter Milan. On Monday, the Serie A side won the first round in court and this presents another challange for Beckham.
This is a legal battle that started in 2019, due to Inter Milan's 2014 trademark application with the United States Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) for the term “Inter” as it pertains to soccer.
It is not known if Inter Miami will be forced to change its name and re-brand the entire club, which will cost millions of dollars. These high-profile cases are usually settled in the boardroom, rather than the courtroom, but now Inter Miami must wait.