A greeting card company known as "Oatmeal Studios" is suing the webcomic "The Oatmeal" for infringing on it's trademark, citing that the name is confusingly similar.
A Massachusetts greeting card company known as "Oatmeal Studios" is suing Matthew Inman's "The Oatmeal" webcomic. The Oatmeal recently teamed up with Recycled Greetings in order to start putting some of it's content in greeting card form, and Oatmeal Studios found the name confusingly similar, and threw a lawsuit at Inman, citing infringement.
Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal
The lawsuit claims that The Oatmeal's greeting cards are "likely to cause confusion, mistake, or is likely to deceive consumers." Oatmeal Studios has demanded the webcomic change it's name and pay damages.
This is the second time in only a few short months that Inman has gone to court. Last time, he sued website FunnyJunk for copying his work. He won that lawsuit, and when FunnyJunk's lawyers demanded $20,000 for a defamation charge, Inman collected more than ten times that in donations from readers, though he didn't need to pay a cent after the Electronic Frontier Foundation stepped in.