publication date: Apr. 14, 2017

Conversation with the Cancer Letter

Doug Ulman: MD Anderson trademark lawsuit is a frustrating “distraction from our core mission”

Doug Ulman

President and CEO of Pelotonia

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MD Anderson Cancer Center’s complaint against Pelotonia, filed Oct. 5, 2016, argues that the Ohio cancer fundraiser’s use of the slogan “One Goal: End Cancer” infringes on the Houston hospital’s “One goal. Stop cancer.” registered trademark.

The complaint states that Pelotonia willingly expanded the use of the slogan “with full knowledge of Plaintiff’s rights” over the past two years throughout Ohio and elsewhere, including in the Southern District of Texas.

Pelotonia, a cycling fundraising organization for the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard Solove Research Institute, has raised $130 million over the past eight years.

“From my vantage point, what Pelotonia is focused on is very different than what MD Anderson is focused on,” said Doug Ulman, president and CEO of Pelotonia. “That leads to the frustration and really our shock and surprise that we experienced when they filed the suit.

“Our disappointment comes from the standpoint of the cancer community as a vibrant place where partnerships and coalitions and different groups collaborate and work together.

 

Ulman spoke with Matthew Ong, a reporter with The Cancer Letter.

 

Matthew Ong:

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