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Oklahoma State University Sues New Mexico State Over 'Pistol Pete' Logo

Oct 22, 2014

OSU sues NMSU over "Pistol Pete"
Credit US Patent and Trademark Office

Oklahoma State University is suing New Mexico State University, claiming the Aggies have plagiarized its pistol-packing mascot.

The federal lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Western Oklahoma says the NMSU's mascot is "confusingly similar" to OSU's Pistol Pete Marks. The Oklahoma school wants NMSU to stop using the mascot known in Las Cruces as "Classic Aggie."

OSU says it trademarked the mascot first and has used the image since 1930.

In a statement, NMSU says officials are confident that the two schools can come to an agreement.

Pistol Pete is based on a real cowboy from the 1800s named Frank Eaton. He got his nickname practicing his shooting skills in Oklahoma and is said to have won a legendary Albuquerque gunfight.

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