The Office made a lot of strides as it cemented itself as one of the funniest series in pop culture. Millennials love it, because it ridicules and exaggerates what is most often the reality for them, Gen Z’s love it because the show is extremely memeable. Now the beloved paper company is the subject of a new lawsuit.

NBCUniversal is behind the show, and owns the intellectual property from it. Dunder Mifflin is the name of the company that everyone initially worked at in the show. Deadline reports that it led to a legal conflict between the company and a media group.

The suit filed by NBCUniversal in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California claimed that a company by the name of Jay Kennette Media Group committed trademark registration fraud. The suit says that the company bought a lot of popular trademarks belonging to other media.

The lawsuit added that they did this for either selling the trademarks back to owner companies or profiting off the confusion from consumers mistaking them to be valid. NBCU is appealing the lawsuit again after their application was denied back in 2020.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are NBCUniversal Media LLC, Universal Television LLC and Universal Studios Licensing. Their goal is to halt the use of the ‘Dunder Mifflin‘ name in any merchandising and cease any further manufacturing of the products.

We will continue to keep up with this story, because there might be a lot there once everything is uncovered. That’s what she said.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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