Declaratory Judgments Trademarks

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Third Circuit Announces Coverage-Defeating First Publication Rule

On October 23, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a ruling that may make it more difficult for Pennsylvania policyholders to obtain coverage for the misappropriation of advertising ideas...more

Quebec Court of Appeal Confirms Right to Use Non-French Trade-marks on Storefront Signs without Generic French Terms

The Court of Appeal of Quebec reaffirmed that the Charter of the French Language (Charter) does not require a trade-mark used on a storefront sign to be accompanied by a generic French term. This judgment confirms the...more

An Energized Trademark Monster?

Three months ago we discussed a “trademark bullying” allegation against Monster Energy, detailed in a declaratory judgment complaint filed in Montana federal district court by energy-drink competitor Victory Energize....more

How Trade Mark Defendants are Winning from MedImmune

In 2007, the US Supreme Court set a new test for declaratory judgment actions in MedImmune. Its decision continues to have a profound impact on trade mark cases, explain Bobby Ghajar and Carolyn Toto. One-Minute Read...more

I Am… Other — How Trademark Owners Can Avoid Declaratory Judgments Actions

Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams recently filed a declaratory judgment suit in the Southern District of New York against of the music group The Black Eyed Peas. owns the trademarks I AM and WILL.I.AM...more

Invalidity Counterclaims in IP Litigation: Supreme Court Rules on Effect of Covenants Not to Sue

On January 9, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc., holding that a broad covenant not to enforce a trademark against certain products of a competitor moots the competitor’s action to...more

A Covenant Not to Sue May Avoid Invalidity Claims

Last week, in Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc. (opinion attached), the Supreme Court unanimously decided that the voluntary cessation doctrine, most often used when a defendant claims its voluntary compliance moots a case where it...more

Just Moot It: Supreme Court in Already v. Nike Clarifies When a Covenant Not to Sue Can Kill a Declaratory Judgment Case

In 2007, the Supreme Court in MedImmune v. Genentech broadened the scope of declaratory judgment jurisdiction, making it easier for parties fearing IP claims to bring defensive lawsuits. Last week, the Court made it easier...more

How Do You or Don’t You State a Case for A Declaratory Judgment in a Trademark Dispute?

Ever since the US Supreme Court in MedImmune, Inc. v. Genetech, Inc., 549 U.S. 118, 127 S, Ct, 764, 166 L. Ed.604 (2007) threw out the “reasonable apprehension” test as defining the grounds for bringing a declaratory judgment...more

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