Pa. Federal Judge Partly Allows Dilution Claims Over Buck Rogers To Proceed

(September 19, 2016, 12:12 PM EDT) -- PHILADELPHIA — A dispute over the Buck Rogers character will proceed with allegations of federal trademark dilution intact, but without a related state law claim, in light of a “divergence between the Lanham Act and Pennsylvania trademark law,” according to a Sept. 16 ruling by a Pennsylvania federal judge (The Dille Family Trust v. The Nowlan Family Trust, No. 15-6231, E.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126191).

(Decision available. Document #16-161003-001Z.)

U.S. Judge Wendy Beetlestone of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania noted that “prior to 2006,...
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