Posts in Trademark Litigation


2017 Saw Fewest Patent Lawsuits Filed Since 2011

Q4 2017 saw a total of 981 patent infringement cases filed in district courts, the second-lowest total for any quarter in 2017 and the third-lowest total for any quarter dating …
By Steve Brachmann
18 days ago 8

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
22 days ago 1

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
27 days ago 2

YETI Lawsuit Asserts Breach of Settlement Agreement Claims Against Wal-Mart

The suit, filed in the Western District of Texas, alleges that the mega retailer has been infringing on its IP related to trade dress covering aspects of …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Lex Machina’s 2017 Trademark Litigation Report Shows High Percentage of Overall Damages Awarded on Default Judgment

Looking at the types of damages being awarded in trademark cases and how they’re being awarded, it’s highly likely that most damages awarded in these …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Mattel fais in Japanese trademark opposition to block ‘Salon BARBIES’

In a recent trademark opposition, the Opposition Board of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) dismissed an opposition by Mattel, Inc. – maker of the world-famous Barbie doll – who …
By Masaki Mikami
3 months ago 0

Twentieth Century Fox Television Wins Trademark Case, ‘Empire’ Does Not Infringe

The 9th Circuit affirmed the title 'Empire' was speech protected under the First Amendment and did not infringe trademarks owned by Empire Distribution... The panel instead determined …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

Daimler trademark lawsuit alleges that Amazon.com doesn’t do enough to prevent infringement and counterfeits

At issue in the trademark infringement suit is Amazon’s sale of counterfeit wheel center caps bearing distinctive Mercedes-Benz trademarks... Daimler argues that Amazon “facilitates the sale …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

Creators of This Is Spinal Tap sue Vivendi for $400M over breach of contract, declaratory judgment of copyright reversion claims

On Thursday, October 19th, the creators of the 1984 rock band mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap filed a second amended complaint against French mass media company Vivendi SA (…
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

Characters for Hire cite to Naked Cowboy in fighting Disney’s claims of copyright, trademark infringement

Characters for Hire also argued that the trademark infringement claims lacked the essential element of confusion. Citing to Naked Cowboy v. CBS, a case decided in Southern …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 5

Lex Machina Q3 litigation update shows effects of TC Heartland, Oil States on patent case filings

Although patent litigation levels through the first nine months of 2017 have largely remained consistent with patterns from recent years, it does appear that the number of patent …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 1

A TWIST in the tale: Not your typical cola war

This case was not your typical “cola war”, but rather involved TWIST, the well-known carbonated beverage brand which has been available in South Africa since the 1970s (…
By Kelly Thompson
4 months ago 0

Trademark Food Fight: Did In-N-Out Burger Abandon the Triple Triple?

Smashburger asserts that In-N-Out stopped using the Triple Triple mark and thus, abandoned its rights, when the triple meat, triple cheese hamburger was rebranded as the 3X3 …
By Jennifer Ko Craft
5 months ago 0

Apple failed to block Swatch’s attempt to acquire the trademark for Steve Jobs’ catchphrase ‘one more thing’

The Swiss watchmaker Swatch's effort to acquire the trademark for "SWATCH ONE MORE THING" has run in to opposition from Apple, which argues the phrase ‘one more …
By Masaki Mikami
5 months ago 0

2nd Circuit upholds most of district court judgment in trademark case brought by Swiss army knife maker Victorinox

On Tuesday, September 19th, Victorinox AG, the manufacturer of the well-known Swiss army knife, saw a successful outcome of an appeal decided by the U.S. Court …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 0