Mealey's Trademarks

  • 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.

  • March 29, 2022

    Judge Adds $317K In Interest To $1M Verdict In Rolling Papers Trademark Dispute

    CHICAGO — An Illinois federal judge on March 24 granted a rolling paper company’s post-trial motion to add more than $317,000 in prejudgment interest to a $1 million jury verdict issued against a rival for violating federal trademark and copyright law but denied the company’s requests to treble or enhance damages and to award attorney fees.

  • March 29, 2022

    Schlafly’s Daughter Partly Prevails In Trademark Dispute With Trusts

    ST. LOUIS — The daughter of Phyllis Schlafly is entitled to a summary judgment on allegations that she infringed various common-law trademarks associated with the late conservative activist, a Missouri federal judge ruled March 28.

  • March 28, 2022

    High Court Rejects Cert For Tribal Recognition Claims In Trademark Row

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on March 28 denied a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by a California man who says he is the rightful leader of a Native American tribe but who had his trademark infringement counterclaims against the tribe dismissed because he presented only a political question about tribal recognition.

  • March 28, 2022

    Epic Games Trademark Case Tossed By North Carolina Federal Judge

    RALEIGH, N.C. — In a March 25 order, a federal judge in North Carolina said her court lacks personal and Rule 4(k)(2) jurisdiction over a China-headquartered defendant accused of infringing the “Unreal” trademark owned by Epic Games Inc., maker of the popular video game Fortnite.

  • March 23, 2022

    Judge Enters Default Judgment Against Bodega For Infringing Juul Trademarks

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A New York federal judge on March 18 adopted a magistrate judge’s recommendation, entered default judgment against a Brooklyn-based bodega for selling counterfeit and grey market products that infringed the trademarks of e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc. (JLI) and awarded JLI $50,000 in damages.

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