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  • May 17, 2022

    9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Trademark Suit Over Instagram ‘Hoax-19’ Account

    PASADENA, Calif. —  The sua sponte dismissal of a trademark infringement suit brought by Arizona State University (ASU) against the John Doe creator of an Instagram account that mocked the university’s Covid-19 policies was affirmed May 13 by a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel that found no error in a judge’s determination that there was no likelihood of confusion from Doe’s use of ASU’s trademarks.

  • May 16, 2022

    9th Circuit Upholds $500K+ Fee Award In Counterfeiting Case

    SAN FRANCISCO — In an unpublished opinion filed May 11, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals agreed with a California federal judge that allegations of counterfeiting leveled in connection with the “EYE DEW” trademark qualify as exceptional.

  • May 11, 2022

    Magistrate Settles Discovery Disputes In Duracell ‘Optimum’ Trademark Suit

    NEWARK, N.J. — A company that sued Duracell U.S. Operations Inc. for trademark infringement related to its “Optimum” batteries failed to show that Duracell’s sales projections are relevant to its claims or to an award, a New Jersey federal magistrate judge held May 6 in a ruling that resolved several ongoing discovery matters between the parties.

  • May 03, 2022

    Magistrate Denies Summary Judgment In Premium Cigar Maker’s Trademark Claim

    MIAMI — A Florida federal magistrate judge on April 29 denied motions for summary judgment brought by each side in a trademark dispute between a premium cigar maker and a manufacturer of discount cigarillos on all but one claim, finding that too many issues of fact are in dispute regarding whether consumers are likely to be confused by the similarity in the parties’ marks.

  • May 03, 2022

    Certiorari Denied In Dispute Over Lanham Act, Foreign Infringement

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its May 2 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court revealed that it will not review an August ruling by the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that endorsed extraterritorial application of the Lanham Act to find trademark infringement in a dispute over purely foreign sales.

  • May 02, 2022

    Michaels’ Bid To Dismiss Copyright, Trademark Claims Fails In Pennsylvania

    PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Pennsylvania on April 29 denied a motion to dismiss by Michaels Stores Inc., finding that allegations that the craft chain is liable for trademark and copyright infringement are adequately plead.

  • May 02, 2022

    Test Prep Company Can’t Shake Texas Trademark Claims

    DALLAS — A federal judge in Texas on April 28 denied a motion to dismiss allegations of federal and state infringement leveled against a test prep and tutoring company over the “Varsity” trademark.

  • April 28, 2022

    Trade Secret Defendant’s Trademark Counterclaims Tossed In California

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A trade secret misappropriation dispute between a former couple will proceed in California without a counterclaim for infringement of the “Bioworld” and “Bioworld Products” trademarks in place, a federal judge there ruled April 26.

  • April 27, 2022

    Mich. Federal Judge Cites Geographic Descriptiveness Of Mark, Denies Relief

    DETROIT — In an April 22 holding, a federal judge in Michigan refused to enter preliminary injunctive relief in a dispute between breweries over the “Three Bridge” trademark on grounds that the mark owner “has no likelihood of success on the merits.”

  • April 22, 2022

    9th Circuit: Confusion Unlikely In Dispute Over Distilled Spirits

    SAN FRANCISCO — In an April 21 holding, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals clarified that “under the distinctive regime established for the Madrid Protocol,” a foreign appellant’s subsequent bona fide use of its registered trademark on certain products gives rise to a priority of right to enforce the trademark under the Lanham Act.

  • April 21, 2022

    Panel Says Trademark Examiner Did Not Err In Refusing Registration

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a summary order issued April 20, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals left intact a final written decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that “Scientific Study of God” is merely descriptive.

  • April 21, 2022

    In Kentucky Copyright, Trademark Case, Fee Request Partly Granted

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky federal judge on April 19 agreed that a prevailing copyright infringement defendant is entitled to reimbursement of its attorney fees but disagreed with the amount recommended by a magistrate judge.

  • April 20, 2022

    In Illinois Infringement Action, Federal Judge Cancels Trademark

    CHICAGO — An infringement defendant is the senior user of the “This We’ll Defend” trademark and a plaintiff’s federal registration for the same must be canceled, a federal judge in Illinois ruled April 12.

  • April 18, 2022

    Minnesota Trademark Claim Over Falsified Credentials Yields Injunction

    MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge in Minnesota in an April 14 order issued a permanent injunction barring a trademark infringement defendant from holding himself out as credentialed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

  • April 18, 2022

    Foreign Firms Dispute Extraterritorial Application Of Lanham Act In High Court

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an April 12 reply brief supporting their petition for certiorari, a group of foreign companies asks the U.S. Supreme Court to find that the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals improperly applied the Lanham Act extraterritorially to find trademark infringement in a dispute over purely foreign sales.

  • April 08, 2022

    Panel Says First Sale Doctrine Could Apply In Dispute Over ‘Bluetooth’

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 6 vacated a Washington federal judge’s partial summary judgment that the first sale doctrine is inapplicable when a trademarked product is incorporated into a new product.

  • April 04, 2022

    D.C. Federal Judge Won’t Block Publication Of Industry Standards

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a March 31 ruling, a District of Columbia federal judge said that the online publication of industry standards already incorporated into law qualifies as a fair use and that an injunction barring publication of unincorporated standards is not warranted “in light of the meager evidence of irreparable harm and the possibility that these standards will be incorporated into law at a later date.”

  • March 31, 2022

    Panel Vacates Denial Of Injunctive Relief On Trademark Claims

    NEW YORK — A pizza restaurant was erroneously denied preliminary injunctive relief barring ongoing, unauthorized use of the “Colony Grill” trademark, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 30.

  • March 30, 2022

    Oklahoma Firm To High Court: Lanham Act’s Application Abroad Is Well Established

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 10th Circuit’s affirmance of a $100 million judgment against foreign firms that infringed its trademark was in accord with rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court and the circuit courts, a manufacturer says in a March 28 brief, asking the high court to affirm that the Lanham Act applies extraterritorially and to deny the infringers’ petition for certiorari.

  • March 29, 2022

    Damages And Injunction Awarded In Florida Copyright, Trademark Row

    MIAMI — In a March 28 final default judgment and permanent injunction, a federal judge in Florida ordered a virtual private network (VPN) to block its end users from accessing various foreign piracy websites including and to pay more than $15 million in damages.

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