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Nonresident's Motion To Quash Subpoena In File-Sharing Case Granted

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Florida federal magistrate on April 12 granted a Doe defendant's motion to quash a discovery subpoena served on his Internet service provider (ISP), finding that the Doe's declaration of nonresidency defeated jurisdiction ...read more

Florida Judge Grants Dismissal In Dispute Over Dog Leash Patent

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on April 13 found that exercising personal jurisdiction over a declaratory judgment patent infringement defendant would violate due process requirements (Paws Aboard LLC v. Pietro DiDonato, No. 11-1978, M.D. Fla.; ...read more

Florida Federal Judge Dismisses Copyright Action Against Sony

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Allegations of copyright infringement by a pro se plaintiff were rejected by a Florida federal judge May 23 (John C. Dixon v. Sony Corporation of America, No. 12-60160, S.D. Fla.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71658). ...read more

Gucci Granted Temporary Restraining Order Against 145 Accused Counterfeit Websites

MIAMI - A Florida federal judge on May 22 granted an ex parte motion for entry of a temporary restraining order (TRO) against a second group of unknown defendants that Gucci America Inc. says are operating websites selling counterfeit Gucci products ...read more

Florida Federal Judge Finds No Infringement Of Wind Turbine Patent

ORLANDO, Fla. - Allegations that General Electric Co. (GE) wind turbines capable of individual blade pitch control infringe a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. patent were rejected by a Florida federal judge July 5 (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. v. ...read more

Summary Judgment Motions Denied In 'Spyder,' 'Spider' Trademark, Cyberpiracy Case

MIAMI - A Florida federal judge on July 10 denied summary judgment to both parties in a dispute over their respective professional names of Spyder Harrison and Spider Harrison, finding that issues of material fact exist on trademark infringement, unfair ...read more

Florida Federal Judge Says Jurisdiction Lacking In Copyright License Case

TAMPA, Fla. - A defendant won dismissal of copyright infringement allegations July 19 when a Florida federal judge agreed that plaintiff Yellow Pages Photos Inc. (YPPI) failed to sufficiently allege an agency relationship (Yellow Pages Photos Inc. v. ...read more

Divided Federal Circuit Dismisses Appeal Of Sanction Order In Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Finding "no indication" that a Florida federal judge's order granting sanctions in a patent case is "inextricably intertwined with or necessary" to review a decision on the merits for summary judgment in a patent ...read more

HTC Severed From Florida Smartphone Patent Litigation

MIAMI - A motion to sever and transfer filed by patent infringement counterclaim defendants HTC Corp., HTC America Inc., One & Company Design Inc. and HTC America Innovation Inc. (HTC, collectively) was granted July 31 by a Florida federal judge, ...read more

11th Circuit Affirms Rulings In False Advertising Case

ATLANTA - Finding no error in a Florida judge's grant of summary judgment on behalf of a Lanham Act defendant, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 5 affirmed ( Suntree Technologies Inc. v. Ecosense International Inc. and George Dussich ...read more

11th Circuit Partly Reverses In Dispute Over Religious Trademarks

ATLANTA - A Florida federal judge erred in finding that a trademark registrant committed fraud upon the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by failing to disclose prior use during the application process, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Sept ...read more

Trademark, Design Patent Claims To Proceed In Florida Federal Court

TAMPA, Fla. - The makers and installers of a kit that transforms inexpensive vehicles into knockoff Bentleys will stand trial on charges by the luxury auto maker of design patent and trademark infringement, a Florida federal judge ruled Sept. 26 ( Bentley ...read more

Jurisdiction Via Interactive Website Requires Actual Use, Louisiana Panel Finds

LAKE CHARLES, La. - The mere existence of an interactive website is insufficient to establish jurisdiction over an out-of-state defendant absent actual use of the site, a Louisiana appeals panel ruled Oct. 10, affirming dismissal of a lawsuit against ...read more

11th Circuit Upholds Fees, Costs For Coca-Cola In Copyright Dispute

ATLANTA - A Florida federal judge properly awarded Coca-Cola Co. $578,146 in attorney fees and costs in a copyright suit, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed Oct. 12 ( Rafael Vergara Hermosilla v. Coca-Cola Company, No. 11-14175, 11th Cir ...read more

Counterfeit Louis Vuitton Sites Enjoined From Asset Transferring, Infringing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Noting the "inherently deceptive nature of the counterfeiting business," a Florida federal judge on Nov. 2 granted a motion for preliminary injunction to Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A. in a trademark infringement complaint ...read more

Florida Judge Denies Injunction, Adopts Report In Trademark Case

ORLANDO, Fla. - A trademark infringement plaintiff is not entitled to a preliminary injunction in its dispute with a competitor in the cord blood banking business, a Florida federal judge ruled Nov. 5 ( Cord:Use Blood Bank Inc. v. CBR Systems Inc., No ...read more

Florida Federal Judge Permanently Enjoins Vehicle Knockoff Kit

TAMPA, Fla. - After two defendants recently conceded that they will not defend themselves in a design patent and trademark infringement action brought by Bentley Motors Ltd., a Florida federal judge on Dec. 28 issued a permanent injunction (Bentley Motors ...read more

Illinois Judge Transfers Trademark Dispute To Florida Federal Court

CHICAGO - Citing a defendant's "slight" ties to Illinois, a federal judge on Jan. 22 agreed that Florida would be a better forum for an impending trademark infringement and unfair competition action (American Academy of Implant Dentistry ...read more

11th Circuit Affirms Cybersquatting, Infringement Findings

ATLANTA - A Florida federal judge did not err in granting summary judgment on behalf of two plaintiffs in their dispute with a former business partner on allegations of trademark infringement and violations of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection ...read more

Florida Federal Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction In Trademark Dispute

TAMPA, Fla. - Efforts by two trademark infringement plaintiffs to enjoin a competitor from using the "Smart Move" trademark fail, a Florida federal judge ruled March 14 (AWGI LLC, et al. v. Team Smart Move LLC, et al., No. 12-2257, M.D. Fla ...read more