San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport, US Airports Fight Over Right To Use Name “San Francisco”

The legal turmoil began in April when San Francisco authorities filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement.

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Lawsuits are flying between two California airports over the right to use the name “San Francisco” even though neither is in the city.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is suing the recently renamed San Francisco Bay-Oakland International Airport (OAK), saying similar-sounding names could confuse potential passengers.

In response to the lawsuit, the Port of Oakland filed a counterclaim asking a judge to rule that the airport’s new name, replacing Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, does not infringe.

“Changing the name ‘Metropolitan’ to ‘San Francisco Bay’ in Oakland Airport’s name accurately represents OAK’s geographic location in Oakland Bay,” port attorney Mary Richardson said Thursday. We offer this as an additional option for travel to the San Francisco Bay Area.” Lawsuit.

The San Francisco City Attorney’s decision to file the lawsuit is “an attempt to halt consumer education and prevent expansion of air travel options for Bay Area residents and visitors, and a misuse of San Francisco taxpayer dollars.” ” she added.

The legal turmoil began in April when San Francisco city officials filed a copyright infringement lawsuit claiming the name change was an attempt to gain customers and poach business.

“Metropolitan Oakland International Airport seeks to increase passenger traffic and profits by rushing to illegally incorporate San Francisco International Airport’s trademarked name into its own name,” the complaint states.

Passengers could easily confuse the two destinations and become stranded, the complaint said.

“The potential for confusion will be particularly acute for international travelers who cannot speak or read English,” the report said.

“Travelers are very likely to be confused and book a ticket to an unintended airport and end up in the wrong location, thinking ‘San Francisco Bay-Oakland International Airport’ is San Francisco International Airport. Mistakes can lead to problems such as missed flights or connections.

Despite the lawsuit, Oakland officials voted unanimously Thursday to adopt a new name that does not affect the “OAK” designation used on luggage tags.

The two airports are just 10 miles (16 km) apart, on opposite sides of San Francisco Bay.

Neither is actually located in San Francisco. SFO is located in San Mateo County and OAK is located in Oakland.

Both airports are a 20-40 minute taxi ride from downtown San Francisco.

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