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MLB Licenser Settles Baseball Card Maker Lawsuit

NEW YORK – (AP) Major League Baseball's licensing wing has settled a lawsuit it filed against a baseball card maker for allegedly stealing trademarks. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that The Upper Deck Co. Inc. had settled the trademark lawsuit by agreeing to pay its licensing wing...

Novak Druce + Quigg LLP Adds Trademark Partner Katherine M. Basile

SAN FRANCISCO — Novak Druce + Quigg LLP has announced that Katherine M. Basile joined the firm’s San Francisco office as a partner and co-chair of the Trademark practice effective Feb. 15, 2010. Basile comes from Howrey LLP, where she has been a partner since 2000. Basile’s practice...

Versace Wins $20 Million In Counterfeiting Damages

MILAN – (AP) Versace SpA, the design house founded by the late Gianni Versace, says a U.S. court has awarded it $20 million in damages for trademark violations and willful counterfeiting. Versace said in a statement on Thursday that the award stems from the company's 2003 complaint regarding...

High Court: NFL Licensing Conduct Constitutes Concerted Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on May 24 unanimously held that conduct by the National Football League, its 32 teams and the clubs’ wholly owned licensing company in granting an exclusive license to Reebok International Ltd. to use the NFL’s and teams’...

Trademark Lawsuit Stops Return Of G.I. Joe's

PORTLAND Ore. - (AP) Customers swore the credibility of G.I. Joe's name was the reason they shopped at the longtime sporting goods retailer and when it was changed, the reason they stopped. That name and the ideals and spirit it represented was at the heart of efforts earlier this year. . . . Full...

Lithuanian Firm Sued For Holding Beauty Pageant

VILNIUS, Lithuania - (AP) Move over Miss Universe, make way for Mrs. Universe. It might sound like a nifty promotional idea for a small East European company like Lithuania, but owners of the Miss Universe trademark, entrepreneur Donald Trump and NBC Universal, aren't amused. The U.S.-based Miss...

Winston & Strawn Expands London Office IP Practice With Richard Price, Gareth Morgan

LONDON - Winston & Strawn LLP has announced that it has significantly expanded its intellectual property, and in particular its patent and trademark litigation capabilities globally, as well as in Europe, with the addition of Richard Price and Gareth Morgan, who have joined the London office as partners...

Attack Of The 300-Foot Tower: University of Texas Files Trademark Suit To Protect Campus Landmark

Many universities can boast of a famous landmark -- Notre Dame has the Grotto, Duke has its University Chapel, UC San Diego has the Geisel Library, the University of Wisconsin has the Red Gym. Of the more famous, the University of Texas has the UT Tower, a 307-foot clock tower with an observation deck...

Lawsuit Filed Against Distributor Of Video Of Elvis Presley TV Special - FREE DOWNLOAD, Complaint

Some brands you just don't copy - not ever. Elvis Presley "the Brand" is one of those. Ubiquitous, well-known, and very valuable, the unlicensed copying of Elvis is like robbing Fort Knox - it's very bold. Recently, Elvis Presley Enterprises filed a copyright/trademark action...

New Jersey Hot Dog Mecca Sues Deli Over Name

CLIFTON, N.J. - (AP) One of New Jersey's hot dog institutions isn't sparing the sauerkraut when it comes to a competitor five miles away. Rutt's Hut in Clifton has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the owners of Mutt's Hut. Rutt's, which is known for "ripper dogs"...

Charlie Sheen, Tigers Blood And Trademark Infringement

According to Gawker.com , Charlie Sheen is attempting to copyright his various catchphrases, including the phrase "Tiger Blood." However, Sheen's a little late to the game as evidenced by a recent filing from Zing Brothers, LLC, owner of the mark "TIGERS BLOOD," which is used...

Lacoste Granted Limited Discovery In Lawsuit Over Sales In 'Big Box' Stores

Lacoste Alligator, S.A., which sells tennis shirts and other apparel with the distinctive green crocodile logo in high-end stores like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, will get a chance to find out, through discovery in a lawsuit, which of its distributors (if any) have been selling its products to Costco...

Greenberg & Lieberman LLC Announces Philip Corwin Joining As Of Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The law firm of Greenberg & Lieberman LLC (GL) has announced that Philip S. Corwin, founding principal of Virtualaw LLC , has joined the firm in an of counsel capacity. G&L Member Stevan Lieberman stated, "We are delighted that Phil has chosen to forge a relationship...

Yves Saint-Laurent Sued For Trademark Infringement Of Distinctive Red Soles

A new line of women's footwear now being sold by Yves Saint-Laurent has high-end French shoe designer Christian Louboutin seeing red. Louboutin's companies, asserting that a new line of red Yves Saint-Laurent shoes violates their U.S. trademark , recently filed a trademark infringement suit in...

Miami Heat's Bosh Sues Ex-Girlfriend Over Reality Show

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Miami Heat star Chris Bosh is suing the mother of his child for appearing on a reality TV show called "Basketball Wives," which he said intrudes on his private life. Bosh claims in a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court that Allison Mathis and Shed Media are...

Winston & Strawn Expands IP Litigation Practice By Adding David Enzminger To Los Angeles Office

LOS ANGELES - Winston & Strawn LLP has announced that David Enzminger joined its intellectual property litigation practice in Los Angeles as a partner. Enzminger brings more than 20 years of experience in IP and technology litigation, with a particular emphasis on patent, trade secret, trademark...

Pharmaceutical Litigation Partner James Stronski Joins Crowell & Moring

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Crowell & Moring LLP has announced the addition of partner James K. Stronski to the firm's Intellectual Property Group. Based in the New York office, Stronski is an intellectual property litigator with extensive experience handling cases involving the so-called "Hatch...

4th Circuit Finds Possible Trademark Infringement In Google's AdWords Program

RICHMOND, Va. - (Mealey's) A Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on April 9 found sufficient evidence to create an issue of fact as to whether Google Inc. had committed direct infringement by allowing the use of third-party trademarks by participants in its AdWords program, reversing in part...

Troutman Sanders: Court Awards Attorneys' Fees for Willful Trademark Infringement

By Dabney Carr After a bench trial, Judge Gibney of the Eastern District of Virginia found in favor of Lorillard Tobacco on its claims of trademark infringement, unfair competition and trademark dilution and awarded attorneys' fees to Lorillard based on an exceptional case finding under 15 U.S...

Controversy Requirement Debated Before Supreme Court In Trademark Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals properly found standing lacking in a trademark infringement case by virtue of a covenant not to sue, an attorney for Nike Inc. told the U.S. Supreme Court Nov. 7 ( Already LLC d/b/a YUMS v. Nike Inc. , No. 11-982, U.S. Sup.)....

Supreme Court Affirms: Trademark Case Mooted By Covenant Not To Sue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals properly rejected trademark counterclaims levied against Nike Inc. where a covenant not to sue entered into by the counterclaimant extinguished any justiciable controversy between the two, the U.S. Supreme Court held Jan. 9 (...

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari In Dispute Over Lanham Act Standing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The question of which analytic framework applies when assessing prudential standing in Lanham Act false advertising cases will be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court, which granted certiorari June 3 in a longstanding dispute over toner cartridges ( Lexmark International...

Cancellation Of The Washington Redskins Trademark Registration: The Judicial Decision

In an opinion issued on July 8, 2015, Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ordered the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to cancel the registration of the Washington Redskins football team's six trademarks pursuant to Section...