YOKOHAMA, Japan — Car manufacturer Nissan has announced branding changes to one of its most iconic vehicles after losing a trademark infringement legal battle to the Seventh-day Adventist Pathfinder Club.
The clash of claims to the Pathfinder trademark was settled after it became clear that the name had been registered by the Adventist Church in the 1950s, long before the first Nissan Pathfinder was released in 1985.
The legal battle, which has raged for over two years (28 months), brought great relief to Adventists who had been organizing daily marches in front of the Maryland circuit court for the entire ordeal.
The Adventist Pathfinder club was awarded damages in the form of unlimited soap bars for the soap carving honor, as well as an inexhaustible rope supply for knot-tying instruction. Nissan has also offered to provide free transportation for Pathfinders across America as they make their way to Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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