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Notre Dame protects logo, report says

Notre Dame is making sure its logo remains only its logo.

The university told Chapman High School in Chapman, Kan., to stop using its trademarked Fighting Irish logo, the Associated Press reported.

The school had been using the fist-raised leprechaun mascot. It was put on a sign in front of the school.

"We regret that we cannot extend permission for Chapman High School to use this trademark," a statement from the university said, according to the AP report.

Notre Dame did consent to allow the high school to continue to use a logo that says 'Fighting Irish' in a limited capacity.

In a statement Notre Dame provided to the Chapman School District, the university said, "in light of the fact that Chapman High School has used the `Fighting Irish' logo in a limited capacity since as early at 1967, we will agree to allow the school to continue using this logo on items for the school's internal use, i.e., athletic uniforms, stationery, etc., so long as it is used contiguously with the wording 'Chapman High School.'

"This logo may not be used on any item that may be produced for resale. To allow others to produce and sell items featuring our registered trademarks would dilute our rights to the mark to the point where our proprietary claim would be at risk."

The Kansas school district has started a contest to design a new mascot and logo, which will be unveiled during a basketball game Feb. 10.

"We talk to students all the time about not plagiarizing, and we've used someone else's mascot for a number of years," Chapman school superintendent Lacee Sell told the AP. "We've been given a directive, and we're going to make the best of the situation."