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from CNNMoney,

Due to a demand by the National Hockey League, the Company has changed its symbol on the Canadian Securities Exchange ("CSE") from "NHL" to "EAT". In the U.S. the company continues to trade under the symbol "SPLIF" on the OTCQB.

Nutritional High CEO David Posner commented: "We're honored to follow in the footsteps of the Nordiques, who were also asked to change their name upon their move from Canada to Colorado. The Avalanche won the Stanley Cup that year, so we figured why fight a winning formula? While we don't believe anyone would confuse our respective products, we decided to make the symbol change to avoid possible legal costs, despite being on solid legal ground."

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Primis's avatar

I can’t find an Established/Founded date for Nutritional High Inc., but I’m PRETTY sure it wasn’t before November 26, 1917 when the National Hockey League was founded.  So the notion that they are on “solid legal ground” would mean nothing, because nobody knows who or what they are and they’d get stomped publicly.

Posted by Primis on 08/20/15 at 10:21 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

^^ Primis, while they are certainly far from being on “solid legal ground,” it’s also not completely obvious that using a ticker name (whose ownership belongs to the exchange, IIRC, at least in the US) for a business involved in completely different goods / services automatically violates trademark / trade name law solely on the basis of not being the first to use the name. “Likelihood of confusion” is a fairly vague standard that looks at a number of factors. On the other hand, the NHL would probably argue “dilution” and that would win the day, particularly given the fact that this other company deals with pot edibles…and the NHL can afford better lawyers.

Also, kind of funny that “Nutritional High Inc.” ended up with “NHL” as a ticker in the first place. I don’t see a listing on the CSE for any “NHI,” which would seemingly have been the obvious choice. Free publicity, though.

Btw, tons of NHL-related trademarks, both active and abandoned, in Canada. This one would probably be invoked had it gone to court, showing a variety of products marketed under the “NHL” name.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 08/21/15 at 01:24 AM ET

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