Bloomberg Law
Feb. 24, 2023, 7:57 PM

NY Firefighters Barred From Using Medical Conference Trademark

Isaiah Poritz
Isaiah Poritz
Legal Reporter

The New York City Fire Department was temporarily blocked from using the trademarked “Medical Special Operations Conference” title after a federal judge ruled that the original conference organizer was likely to succeed in a trademark fight against it.

The department’s continued use of the trademark would cause substantial confusion among potential attendees who want to earn certifications at a Medical Special Operations Conference event and would “irreperably” harm Juan Henriquez’s control over the conference’s reputation, US District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto of the Eastern District of New York found.

Henriquez, a former paramedic for the department, began organizing a conference for ...