San Francisco sues Oakland over airport name change for ‘causing confusion’

San Francisco, California, is suing Oakland, California, for federal trademark infringement over its name change to its airport to include “San Francisco Bay.”

The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners voted unanimously earlier this month to change the name of Oakland International Airport to San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport in an effort to note its proximity to the city. San Francisco officials have protested the change, arguing it would confuse travelers intending to go to San Francisco International Airport, and now the city is suing over the name change, arguing it infringes on SFO’s trademark.

“We had hoped Oakland would come to its senses, but their refusal to collaborate on an acceptable alternative name leaves us no choice but to file a lawsuit to protect SFO’s trademark,” San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu said in a statement.

“This new name will cause
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