Naval Academy to Nike: Stop using logo similar to our crest

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The U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland is demanding that Nike and a Los Angeles-based boutique stop using a logo closely resembling the college's historic crest. News outlets report a collaborative line between Nike Inc. and Undefeated called The Fives includes shirts, pants, jackets and other soccer apparel featuring the crest.

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The line launches Saturday in Los Angeles. Both crests depict a shield flanked by columns. The Undefeated's shield has tally marks while the academy's has an approaching ship.

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In a statement sent Thursday night, Academy spokeswoman Jenny Erickson told The Capital Gazette of Annapolis the school's Office of Naval Research is preparing a letter notifying the companies of trademark infringement and insisting that they stop.

Nike and Undefeated have not responded to The Gazette's requests for comment.