Trademark Litigation

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Trademark Review | July 2015

Applicant’s Application for Concurrent Use Registration of DELMONICO’S is Denied Due to Likelihood of Confusion with Other Restaurants - The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) refused Southwestern Management’s...more

"Want Coke? Buy Pepsi!” Is This Confusing?

Suppose you walk into a greasy cheeseburger joint and ask for a Coke®. A cook who looks remarkably like the late John Belushi doesn’t say, “No Coke; Pepsi.” Instead, he says, “You want Coke? Have a Pepsi!” and you buy the...more

Harry Potter Lawsuits And Where To Find Them

On July 31, 2015, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling celebrates her 50th birthday, according to muggle sources. The enormous success of Rowling’s literary creation and its associated multimedia empire has spawned countless...more

Cisco Takes Foreign Corporations to School in Ex Parte Applications for Restraining Orders

Two recent orders from the District of Connecticut demonstrate that the element of surprise continues to be an effective, and sometimes necessary, factor in copyright litigation. The June 26, 2015 orders issued by the...more

RMF Pro Bono Case “Under Reconsideration” as a Result of New Trade Legislation

On June 29, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“TAARA 2015”) into law as part of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which gave President Obama "fast...more

Tory Burch Protects Her Brand

The barrage of counterfeit jewelry products bearing the “Isis Cross” will cease! After more than two years of battling with counterfeiters, Tory Burch, LLC and its subsidiary (“Tory Burch”) secured a $41 million judgment and...more

Federal Circuit Shows No Peace & Love to the TTAB

This case arose from GS Enterprises, LLC’s (“GS”) opposition to the registration of Juice Generation, Inc.’s (“Juice Generation”) trademark. In finding a likelihood of confusion with GS’s marks, the Board below reasoned that...more

Trademarks on the Internet: Are Consumers Really this Clueless?

Are you unaware of the difference between search engine searches and the search results? Do you believe that a search engine can read your mind and return exactly (and only) the results you expect to receive? Is this your...more

What is a Trademark Squatter?

Imagine that you own a U.S. based brand that you have diligently registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As you watch your domestic sales skyrocket you begin to realize that overseas markets hold unique...more

Trademark Tacking: An Overview

On January 21, 2015, in the case Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, the United States Supreme Court determined that, when there is a question as to whether two trademarks can be tacked for purposes of determining priority,...more

Lego Mark Wars: Toy Giant Snaps Together Two Favorable 3D Trademark Rulings in Europe

On June 16, 2015, Lego Juris A/S obtained two favorable decisions from the General Court of the European Union which will afford protection to famous Lego “minifigure” as a three-dimensional (3D) trademark; a protection that...more

What’s in a Name? District Court’s Trademark Cancellation Order Casts Further Doubt on “Redskins” Moniker

Taking big hits is quite familiar to professional football teams.  The hit laid down by a federal District Court on July 8, 2015, however, is one that Washington’s professional football franchise will remember for a long...more

Trademark Owners Sue Amazon for Showing Competing Products

On July 6, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled, in a published opinion,  that Amazon will have to go to trial in a trademark lawsuit for what many have alleged are confusing search results. In Multi...more

Alert: Federal Court Upholds Cancellation of REDSKINS Trademark Registration

On July 8, 2015, a federal district court in Virginia upheld a ruling canceling six federal trademark registrations incorporating the term REDSKINS owned by the Washington, D.C. football team. The court agreed with the...more

No Clear Notice, No Contempt - U.S. Polo Ass’n, Inc. v. PRL USA Holdings, Inc.

In the latest episode of a 30-year dispute over the use of marks depicting mounted polo players, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the district court’s order finding contempt of a 2012 injunction. U.S....more

IP Newsletter - July 2015

In This Issue: - En Banc Federal Circuit Abandons “Strong” Presumption That a Limitation Is Not Subject to 35 U.S.C. § 112, Paragraph 6 - Supreme Court Rejects Belief of Invalidity Defense for Inducement in Commil...more

The B&B Hardware Case and its Potential Impact on Trademark Litigation

Trademark disputes can often play out in a number of forums. Trademark disputes often start off in the marketplace, with a confused consumer, and then proceed to litigation in several tribunals including the Trademark Trial...more

Federal Circuit: Lack of Bona Fide Intent to Use at the Time of Filing Fatal to Trademark Application

In a recent ruling the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) sustaining an opposition against a trademark application on the grounds that the applicant failed to prove that it...more

Typosquatting for Phone Numbers is not Infringement

Many Internet users today are familiar with the scam of “typosquatting” – which is when a company registers a domain name that is similar to a well-known domain name, and waits for people to inevitably make typos and get sent...more

TTAB Balks at Parody Argument in Yankees Trademark Case

In honor of Foley Hoag’s new New York office, we here at the Boston office reluctantly present a victory by the New York Yankees — albeit not one won on the baseball diamond. In a trademark opposition that has been...more

WD-40 Squeaks By On Appeal Of Its Summary Judgment Win On “Long-Term Corrosion Inhibitor”

In Sorensen v. WD-40 Company, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that the use of the term “inhibitor” for a rust-inhibitor product was not trademark infringement and constituted a descriptive fair use. ...more

Power to the People: EU Court Rules LEGO’s “Minifigs” Are Protectable Trademarks

In our previous post, LEGO Tries New Angle To Guard Its IP Against Upstart MEGA BLOKS, we wrote about LEGO’s efforts to protect its IP against alleged knock-off brick makers. LEGO has now scored a victory in its ongoing...more

Four Stripes and You’re Out: Adidas Sues Marc By Marc Jacobs

On April 8, 2015, Adidas filed suit against Marc by Marc Jacobs (“Marc”) in the United States District Court of Oregon for trademark infringement, unfair competition, trademark dilution, and deceptive trade practices based on...more

Party Over for Claimed Mardi Gras Bead Dog Trademarks - Nola Spice Designs, L.L.C. v. Haydel Enterprises, Inc., et. al.

Addressing issues of trademark validity and substantial similarity in a copyright infringement claim, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a district court’s grant of summary judgment that the challenged...more

Pre-Arbitration Injunction May Only Preserve Status Quo - Benihana, Inc. v. Benihana of Tokyo, LLC

In the context of a dispute surrounding a breach of a trademark license agreement that provided for arbitration of certain disputes, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit concluded that it was inappropriate for a...more

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