ORT America and ORT Israel are pleased to announce the resolution of the dispute between them with respect to the use of the “ORT” trademark in the U.S. presently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Pursuant to the settlement, ORT Israel has dropped its action to cancel ORT America’s trademark registration of “ORT” in the U.S. and has agreed not to use the ORT mark for fundraising in the United States. The parties have also agreed to clarify that contributions to ORT America are not being used to support ORT Israel, its schools and colleges or educational activities in Israel. ORT America intends to pursue its own programs in Israel and other countries.
Zvi Peleg, Director General of ORT Israel, said, “We at ORT Israel are pleased with the resolution of this conflict. ORT Israel will continue its mission of providing the highest level of science and technology education to our students as we have over the past 60 years with the generous support of our friends and contributors throughout the world and with the assistance of Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools in the United States.”
Shelley Fagel, Chair of the National Executive Committee of ORT America, said, “Since 1922, ORT America has been proud to be part of World ORT, the leading educational and technology organization in the world, which has positively impacted more than 3 million people. We are pleased with the results of this case. We look forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of students around the world, giving them the opportunity and the tools to build better lives for themselves and their communities.”