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Patent Plaintiff Must Pay PTO Lawyers’ Fees (access required)

A plaintiff seeking trademark protection for a fertilizer mark owes the Patent and Trademark Office $32,926.59 in PTO attorney and paralegal salaries under a statute that requires plaintiff to pay “all expenses of the proceeding,” an Alexandria U.S. District Court ...

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Buyer Wins Claim for Defective Sports-Logo Items (access required)

After granting plaintiff buyer summary judgment on its claim for breach of a purchase agreement’s warranty as to the quality of a warehouse full of defective seasonal and sports-logo merchandise, the Richmond U.S. District Court awards plaintiff damages of $760,803, ...

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Owner Liable for Fight Broadcast Piracy (access required)

Defendant lounge violated federal statutes with an unlicensed closed circuit broadcast of a fight, and the Richmond U.S. District Court enters default judgment for plaintiff sports production company and against defendant in the aggregate amount of $16,631.44. Plaintiff alleges violation ...

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Bank Claims Patent Misuse by ‘Patent Troll’ (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court dismisses defendant Capital One’s antitrust counterclaims and strikes its affirmative defense of patent misuse in this lawsuit; the patent misuse defense, like Capital One’s antitrust claims, asserts that plaintiff “patent troll” threatens to enforce in ...

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‘SWAP’ Watch Does Not Violate ‘SWATCH’ Mark (access required)

In Swatch AG’s challenge to defendant Beehive Wholesale’s trademark application for its “SWAP” watch bands with interchangeable faces, the 4th Circuit affirms dismissal of Swatch’s claims for federal, state and common law trademark infringement, trademark dilution and unfair competition. Swatch ...

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