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  • September 14, 2021

    Judge Dismisses Businessman’s UCL, Trademark Claims Against Facebook

    OAKLAND, Calif. — A federal magistrate judge on Sept. 10 dismissed with prejudice a businessman’s claims that Facebook Inc. violated California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and federal trademark laws by using his “Face” trademark, ruling that the businessman released all claims when he sold Facebook his trademark in 2008 and that his time-barred state law claims could not be tolled due to an alleged period of mental disability.

  • September 14, 2021

    In Longstanding Florida Trademark Row, Fee Amount Recommended

    ORLANDO, Fla. — The Grammy Award-winning band The Commodores are entitled to an award of $602,618.67 in attorney fees and $4,560.56 in costs in connection with successful trademark litigation against a former member, a Florida federal magistrate judge said Sept. 9.

  • September 09, 2021

    Judge: Alleged Counterfeiters Liable For Juul’s Trademark, UCL Claims

    LOS ANGELES — A California federal judge on Aug. 30 granted summary judgment in favor of Juul Labs Inc. (JLI) on its claims for violation of federal trademark statutes and California’s unfair competition law (UCL) against a Chinese national and his companies in relation to the sales of counterfeit Juul products but said material facts remain in dispute regarding damages.

  • September 02, 2021

    Panel Rejects Arthrex-Type Challenge To Composition Of Trademark Board

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a Sept. 1 decision upholding cancellation by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the “Schiedmayer” trademark, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that “the statutory scheme governing” TTAB decision-making “is not subject to the” same constitutional defects identified and remedied by the U.S. Supreme Court in the patent case of United States v. Arthrex, Inc., 141 S. Ct. 1970 (2021).

  • September 01, 2021

    Arizona Federal Judge Enjoins Use Of ‘AAA’ In Reverse Confusion Case

    PHOENIX — In an order issued Aug. 30, a federal judge in Arizona declared a plaintiff likely to succeed on the merits of its allegation that a defendant’s use of “AAA” as a trademark will result in reverse confusion.

  • September 01, 2021

    N.Y. Federal Magistrate Judge:  Dismiss Trademark Cancellation Request

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — In an Aug. 30 report and recommendation, a federal magistrate judge in New York said not only that an action seeking cancellation of the “LEFT CENTER RIGHT” trademark should be dismissed but also that the plaintiff in the case “should show cause why it should not be subject to an anti-suit injunction” and required to pay the trademark owner’s attorney fees.

  • August 30, 2021

    Adjustable Bed Company Asks High Court To Consider Initial Interest Confusion

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in belatedly adopting the “outdated” doctrine of presale initial interest confusion, a bed and mattress seller tells the U.S. Supreme Court in an Aug. 11 petition for certiorari, arguing that the doctrine and the appeals court’s ruling fail to take into account the realities of online shopping.

  • August 30, 2021

    Appellant:  Jurisdiction Established By Single Sale From Interactive Website

    ST. LOUIS — In an Aug. 12 reply brief in the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a clothing retailer argues that a trial court erred in holding that a single online sale of an item that infringed its trademark did not confer Missouri jurisdiction over an out-of-state defendant in light of the website’s highly interactive nature.

  • August 30, 2021

    9th Circuit Reverses Dismissal Of Dispute Over Beauty Trademarks

    SAN FRANCISCO — In an Aug. 27 holding, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in a trademark case that the exercise of nationwide jurisdiction over a nonresident defendant does not violate due process where the defendant’s contacts with the United States were extensive.

  • August 30, 2021

    3rd Circuit Affirms Franchisor’s Motion Seeking To Halt Use Of Trademarks

    PHILADELPHIA — Two companies that purchased the right to franchise fitness studios failed to show that they are likely to succeed on claims that the fitness studio creator and her two companies breached their agreement or violated a noncompete clause when the creator failed to immediately begin operating her existing studios as franchises and instead began operating them under another name, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held Aug. 10, affirming a district court’s denial of a motion for preliminary injunction.

  • August 25, 2021

    Divided Panel: Domain Names Are Confusingly Similar To Trademarks

    ATLANTA — A panel majority of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 6 upheld a Florida federal judge’s grant of summary judgment, agreeing that several accused domain names are confusingly similar to a trademark owned by a nationwide franchisor of hair removal services.

  • August 25, 2021

    10th Circuit Dismisses Appeal Of Trademark Injunction As Moot

    DENVER — The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 5 dismissed an appeal by a Sonic franchisee and its affiliates of a preliminary injunction barring their use of the “Sonic” trademark, which was later converted by an Oklahoma federal judge to a permanent injunction.

  • August 24, 2021

    ASU’s Trademark Claims Over ‘Hoax-19’ Instagram Account Dismissed

    PHOENIX — One year after Arizona State University (ASU) filed suit against a John Doe defendant who created an Instagram account that was critical of the university’s policies and practices related to COVID-19, an Arizona federal judge on Aug. 17 denied the university’s motion for default judgment and dismissed its trademark-related claims, finding that no reasonable consumer would have mistaken the account as being affiliated with the university.

  • August 19, 2021

    9th Circuit Upholds Disgorged Profits Award In Lanham Act Row

    SAN FRANCISCO — Citing a defendant’s willful infringement of a competitor’s trademark, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 17 left intact a Washington federal judge’s award of disgorged profits in the case.

  • August 16, 2021

    Law Firm Obtains Default Judgment, Domain Transfer In Cybersquatting Suit

    PHOENIX — A law firm prevailed in its efforts to regain control of an internet domain for which it had allowed the registration to lapse, when an Arizona federal judge granted its motion for a default judgment on Aug. 12, finding that the firm had sufficiently stated its claim under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and that the unidentified defendant had failed to defend against the claim or to respond to the suit at all.

  • August 12, 2021

    Amici Brief High Court On Trademark Functionality Rule In Pocky Trade Dress Spat

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four amicus curiae briefs supporting the maker of “Pocky” biscuit sticks were filed in the U.S. Supreme Court July 29, urging the high court to grant the petition for certiorari and to reverse a Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that they say altered longstanding precedent on deterring whether a product’s trade dress is functional and, therefore, not protectable.

  • August 12, 2021

    Supreme Court Asked To Find Federal Circuit’s 1-Word Judgments Unconstitutional

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— A litigant that was unsuccessful in bringing patent and trade dress infringement claims against a competitor filed a petition for certiorari on Aug. 2, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to find the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ practice of affirming lower court rulings with one-word judgments to be unconstitutional.

  • August 10, 2021

    California Federal Judge Reconsiders Relief In Trademark, Copyright Case

    LOS ANGELES — In an Aug. 5 holding, a federal judge in California reconsidered her earlier finding that Nintendo of America Inc. was unable to prove that it would be irreparably injured absent a permanent injunction in its trademark and copyright case against a pro se defendant.

  • August 05, 2021

    Attorney Fee Award Will Stand In Patent, Lanham Act Dispute

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A North Carolina federal judge’s decision to deny, as untimely, a motion under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) for relief from an award of attorney fees in a false advertising and false marking case was upheld Aug. 4 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

  • August 05, 2021

    11th Circuit Vacates, Remands Cancellation Of Trademark Registrations

    ATLANTA — In an Aug. 2 holding, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said a federal judge in Florida who ordered the cancellation of an infringement plaintiff’s “Pinnacle” trademarks erroneously disregarded findings by jurors that the marks are distinctive and protectable.

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