David Beckham’s Inter Miami could be forced to change name after setback in first part of legal dispute with Inter Milan

David Beckham’s newly-formed MLS side Inter Miami could be forced into changing their name after losing the first part of a legal dispute with Serie A giants Inter Milan.

The Italian club are suing Major League Soccer for trademark infringement, claiming the term ‘Inter’ is synonymous with them and no one else.

This is a huge setback for Beckham and Inter Miami
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A hearing at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) dismissed one of the two arguments made by MLS that Miami should not be forced to change its name, according to a report.

They argued that because there are several clubs around the world with the name Inter in their title, Inter Milan could not lay unique claim to it.

In Brazil, there is SC Internacional, while Inter Nashville FC play in the National Soccer Premier League in the US. Meanwhile, there is even an Inter Leipzig in Germany.

But the USPTO are reported to have found that MLS’ claim that there are a number of clubs with Inter in their name “did not meet its burden to show that MLS has valid proprietary, or ownership, right in the name, Inter.”

Inter Milan believe the word ‘Inter’ is synonymous with their club
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A final decision on the case is likely to be made by the end of this year but it’s been suggested that it is most likely that Inter Miami will now have to change their name.

The club, co-owned by Beckham, will begin their inaugural MLS campaign playing at the 18,000-capacity Lockhart Stadium for two years before it is turned into a training centre and academy base.

They will eventually move into the 25,000 seater Miami Freedom Park across the city, with that scheduled to open in 2022.

Brazilian superstar Neymar even hinted that he will sign for Inter Miami towards the end of his career in a YouTube interview with Beckham.


David Beckham’s newly-formed MLS side Inter Miami could be forced into changing their name after losing the first part of a legal dispute with Serie A giants Inter Milan. The Italian club are suing Major League Soccer for trademark infringement, claiming the term ‘Inter’ is synonymous with them and no one else. A hearing at […]

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