Mealey's Trademarks

  • May 26, 2023

    Sellers Of Disposable Vapes Ask 6th Circuit To Review Injunction In Trademark Row

    CINCINNATI — A distributor of disposable e-cigarette products and several retailers on May 25 filed a notice of interlocutory appeal to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals seeking to challenge a district court’s ruling preliminarily enjoining them from sales of vapes with a mark “remarkably similar” to a trademark-holder’s without requiring the trademark-holder to post a $1.8 million bond for their alleged future lost sales.

  • May 24, 2023

    Judge Denies TRO Sought By Reptile Show For UCL, Trademark Claims

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California federal judge denied a reptile exhibitor’s ex parte application for a temporary restraining order (TRO) barring a rival reptile show host from continuing to operate using a logo the applicant says violates its registered trademark, with the judge finding that the applicant waited too long after learning of the alleged violation to claim that it is at risk of irreparable harm.

  • May 24, 2023

    2nd Circuit Affirms: Models’ False Endorsement Claims Foreclosed By Electra

    NEW YORK — A Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel affirmed summary judgment for the operators of a gentlemen’s club that used images of models in social media posts without their permission, rejecting the models’ argument that the lower court “misstepped by treating recognizability as the ‘bottom line’ barometer for strength of mark in false endorsement claims” under the Lanham Act.

  • May 22, 2023

    Federal Magistrate Judge Weighs In On IV Drip Therapy Trademark Row

    AUSTIN, Texas — A federal magistrate judge in Texas recommended that a motion to dismiss trademark infringement allegations be denied in a dispute over the use of “ThrIVe” in connection with intravenous drip therapy.

  • May 17, 2023

    In Illinois, Lanham Act Counterclaim Survives Motion To Dismiss

    CHICAGO — Counterclaims that a plaintiff falsely passed off its floor preparation product as a defendant’s will proceed, for now, a federal judge in Illinois ruled May 16.

  • May 16, 2023

    Fastener Maker’s Claims Of ‘Up-Certing’ Partly Rejected In Trademark Row

    CHICAGO — A federal judge in Illinois has trimmed allegations of trademark infringement and counterfeiting leveled by a maker of commercial and military-compliant fasteners against a reseller accused of falsely certifying that the commercial fasteners are military grade.

  • May 15, 2023

    Panel Says Cab Conversion Kit’s Trade Dress Could Still Be Nonfunctional

    CINCINNATI — A federal judge in Tennessee must revisit a dispute over trade dress associated with a kit for converting the cab of a tractor-trailer, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled, because genuine issues of material fact should have precluded summary judgment in favor of a defendant.

  • May 15, 2023

    10th Circuit:  Confusion Over Credit Union Trademarks Unlikely

    DENVER — The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed findings by a federal judge in Utah that competing trademarks used by two credit unions in distinct geographic markets and with differing eligibility restrictions are unlikely to create confusion among consumers.

  • May 10, 2023

    In Cheats Software Row, Video Game Maker’s Request For Award Largely Granted

    SEATTLE — In a May 9 judgment, a federal judge in Washington said a copyright and trademark infringement plaintiff is entitled to a more than $6.7 million award in connection with sales of software that allows users to cheat while playing the video game “Destiny 2.”

  • May 05, 2023

    Amended Lanham Act Claims Against Meta Survive Motion To Dismiss

    SAN FRANCISCO — Allegations by a copyright owner that advertisements on Facebook mislead customers into thinking that the advertisers sell her artwork will proceed, a federal judge in California ruled May 4 in denying a motion to dismiss by Meta Platforms Inc.

  • May 04, 2023

    Cuban Tobacco Company Says Cigar Competitor Can’t Fight Trademark’s Cancellation

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Cuba’s state-owned tobacco company filed its answer and affirmative defenses in Virginia federal court to an American cigar company’s appeal seeking the reversal and vacatur of a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decision canceling its trademarks, arguing that the American company is barred from challenging the ruling based on a Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling and the American company’s decades of use of a trademark that originated in Cuba.

  • May 04, 2023

    Panel Says Jurisdiction Lacking In ‘Baby Shark’ Copyright, Trademark Row

    NEW YORK — A July 2021 ruling by a federal judge in New York denying entry of a default judgment in a copyright and trademark infringement case was neither a “final decision” nor an order that can be appealed on an interlocutory basis, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said May 3.

  • May 04, 2023

    In New York Trademark, Patent Case, Inequitable Conduct Counterclaim Is Allowed

    CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — An infringement defendant has secured permission from a federal magistrate judge in New York to file amended counterclaims challenging the enforceability of a patented proprietary system for mixing liquid components for dental applications.

  • May 03, 2023

    Bribery Claim By Failed Copyright, Trademark Plaintiffs Leads To Sanction

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Two pro se copyright and trademark plaintiffs were each sanctioned $500 on May 2 following their December claim that bribery led a New York federal judge to refuse to seek input from the Register of Copyrights about the validity of a registration.

  • May 01, 2023

    Alabama Federal Magistrate Judge:  Dismiss Copyright, Trademark Claims

    MOBILE, Ala. — In an April 28 report and recommendation, a federal magistrate judge in Alabama said a copyright and trademark dispute over dog shampoo marketed as “pet friendly” should be dismissed.

  • May 01, 2023

    Bid For Discovery Conference In Trademark, Copyright Row Denied In New York

    NEW YORK — A dismissal in September 2022 of a counterclaim for copyright infringement means a plaintiff is not entitled to seek additional discovery on the claim, “presumably” in anticipation of a forthcoming request for attorney fees, a federal magistrate judge in New York ruled.

  • April 28, 2023

    False Advertising Plaintiff Suffered No Injuries, 11th Circuit Concludes

    ATLANTA — A per curiam panel of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said it lacks jurisdiction to entertain an appeal by a cybersecurity company of a grant of summary judgment in favor of Microsoft Corp. because the appellant submitted no evidence that it “suffered any injury at all.”

  • April 28, 2023

    ‘Trump’ Mark Holder Opposes PTO’s Certiorari Petition Over Public Figures’ Names

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals finding a violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the denial of trademark registrations that contained the name of a public figure does not merit a grant of certiorari, the trademark holder tells the U.S. Supreme Court in a brief opposing a petition by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), arguing that the agency does not cite any circuit split or raise any other issues that would merit review.

  • April 27, 2023

    Florida Federal Judge Enjoins E-Tailers In Trademark, Copyright Row

    MIAMI — In an April 26 ruling granting a preliminary injunction, a federal judge in Florida said a restraint on the assets of myriad trademark and copyright infringement defendants set forth within a recent temporary restraining order (TRO) would be continued.

  • April 26, 2023

    Monster Energy Bid For Default Judgment Denied In Washington

    SEATTLE — Citing a failure by trademark infringement plaintiff Monster Energy Co. to establish the types of goods or services sold or advertised by an accused infringer, a federal judge in Washington on April 25 denied a motion for entry of default judgment and warned the energy drink company that its case could lack merit.