Posts in Infringement


Amazon CEO Bezos is Knowingly Complicit in Online Sales of Counterfeit Goods, According to Report

Although Amazon is typically quick to reference its anti-counterfeit policy as proof of its commitment to weeding out inauthentic products from its retail platform, watchdog groups continue …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 5

‘Cockygate’ Trademark Row Causes Heartbreak in U.S. Indie Romance Novel Publishing Industry

In recent weeks, the U.S. romance publishing industry has been roiling over a trademark issue which has been less-than-affectionately referred to as Cockygate. According to various …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 2

A Costly Haircut

Lebron James and Nick Saban are well-known for dominance in their respective sports of basketball and college football. Recently they found themselves opposing each other in an …
By Andrew Warren
3 months ago 0

Burberry Sues Target Over Sale of Fashion Products Using Burberry Check Design

British luxury fashion brand Burberry filed a complaint alleging trademark infringement and dilution against American retailer Target Corporation in the Southern District of New York. At issue …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

The Rise of Counterfeit Products on Facebook

Counterfeit products are an enormous problem for businesses all over the world. Counterfeiters rip off name brand products, making cheap knock-offs, easily (and conservatively) costing many hundreds …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 1

Messy Trademark Case Over ‘The Sloppy Tuna’ Gets Cleaned Up by the Second Circuit

???In Montauk U.S.A. v. 148 South Emerson Associates the Second Circuit vacated-in-part an earlier ruling in a trademark case. In that ruling, the district court denied …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Senators Discuss Counterfeits at GIPC, INTA Forum for World IP Day

On Thursday, April 24th, I attended a Sports Industry briefing and cocktail reception in honor of World IP day.   The program was sponsored by the U.S. …
By Renee C. Quinn
4 months ago 1

Desilu Studios Files Trademark Infringement Complaint Against CBS in California Federal Court

Manhattan Beach, CA-based entity Desilu Studios, Inc., filed a complaint alleging trademark infringement and other claims against New York City-based television and film production firm CBS Studios. …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

Alibaba Files U.S. Trademark Infringement Suit Against Cryptocurrency Firm Alibabacoin

Alibaba alleges that defendant Alibabacoin (ABBC) Foundation has engaged in an unlawful scheme to misappropriate the Alibaba name in order to raise over $3.5 million in cryptoassets from …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

Florida Restaurateurs Face Off in Trademark Suit Over Frenchy’s Name

On February 20th, Clearwater Beach, FL-based restaurateur Frenchy’s Corporate filed a suit alleging trademark infringement against the owners and operators of Frenchy’s Pizzeria & Tavern, …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 3

Colgate-Palmolive Files Trademark Suit Over Use of ‘360’ Branding on Toothbrushes, Oral Care Products

Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) filed a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement in the Southern District of New York against Grand Rapids, MI-based oral healthcare company Ranir LLC. At issue …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 0

Letter to President Trump on China IP Probe is Latest Sign of Conservative Support for Private IP Rights

A group of 16 leaders from politically conservative institutions sent a letter addressed to President Donald Trump lauding the Trump Administration’s decision last summer to initiate an …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 2

Grumpy Cat Wins $710,000 Verdict for Copyright, Trademark Infringement Against Beverage Maker

A jury awarded $710,000 in damages for trademark and copyright infringement to Grumpy Cat Limited, the entity holding the rights to the Internet cat celebrity Grumpy Cat. The …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 1

Can the name of a fictional, intergalactic game evolve into a trademark protectable in the world of mere groundlings?

In its latest action in a multi-jurisdictional conflict with a mobile gaming producer, Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC and Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC filed a complaint for trademark …
By Cliff Kuehn
7 months ago 7

German trademark owner wins $1 million trademark infringement verdict in U.S. district court

After a bench trial, United States Federal District Court Judge Stefan Underhill ordered Voss Laundry Solutions to pay more than $1 million in attorney fees, attorney costs and …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 2

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