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Tag Archives: Intellectual Property

Post-trial motions against $1.9B award rejected (access required)

Although Cisco argued it was entitled to a new trial because a prior ruling ordering it to pay $1.9 billion for infringing a startup’s cybersecurity patents included new theories of infringement and damages not presented by the plaintiff, the infringement ...

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No jurisdiction over France.com trademark suit (access required)

Where French trial and appellate courts previously declared the French Republic, and not a California company, is the rightful owner of the domain name France.com, the French Republic was immune from France.com’s trademark and cybersquatting suit. Background In 1994, a ...

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End of challenged conduct moots injunction appeal (access required)

Where NIKE stopped an advertising campaign after the district court found it infringed on Fleet Feet’s trademarks, NIKE’s cessation of the campaign mooted its appeal of the preliminary injunction. Background In 2019, NIKE Inc., NIKE USA Inc. and NIKE Retail ...

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Plaintiff awarded registrant of cybersquatter  (access required)

Larus Cloud Service Limited was awarded the domain name “laruscloudservices.net’’ after the court found Larus’ mark was distinctive, the disputed domain was confusingly similar and it was registered or used in bad faith with the intent to profit. Background On ...

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Apple prevails in dispute over use of ‘ipad’ (access required)

Although a website operator began using “ipad” three years before Apple released its iPad in 2010, because Apple acquired use of the mark from another company that predated the website operator’s use, the mark obtained secondary meaning and Apple qualified ...

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The top 10 intellectual property cases of 2020 (access required)

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As is a BridgeTower Media custom this time of year, the following are the top 10 intellectual property cases from the past year. 1. Tampa Brady Tom Brady is once again seeking to acquire more federal trademark registrations. Last year ...

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Company can’t avoid dismissal of its patent claims (access required)

A company that twice filed complaints asserting patent infringement and related claims based on its beverage dispending system couldn’t dodge a motion to dismiss by arguing it needed discovery. Its complaint, meanwhile, included only conclusory allegations and was dismissed. Background ...

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No confusion in marketplace over CPFA designation (access required)

Where the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, or CFAI, presented no showing of actual confusion between its trademarks and those related to the Certified Pension Fiduciary Adviser (CPFA) program, CFAI prevailed on federal and state claims. Background CFA Institute alleges that ...

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Lack of customer confusion dooms claims (access required)

Where a tax resolution franchisor brought Lanham Act trademark infringement, Virginia trademark infringement and common law unfair competition claims against a tax resolution servicer, it failed to prove the defendants’ use of a website domain creates a likelihood of confusion and ...

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