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Stolen domain names ordered returned to plaintiff (access required)

The defendant, who defaulted, unlawfully hacked and gained unauthorized access to plaintiff’s GoDaddy.com account in order to transfer the domain names to himself and profit from the marks. The court adopted the magistrate judge’s report entering judgment for the plaintiff ...

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Government entitled to expenses in patent case (access required)

A biotechnology company that challenged a final decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is responsible for covering the government’s non-personnel charges. Background Halozyme brought this action pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 145, challenging a final decision issued by ...

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“We buy houses” trademark invalidated (access required)

Although “We buy houses” is a registered trademark, it is now widely used to describe services provided rather than a source of services, which makes it generic, not distinctive. Background Plaintiff Express Homebuyers has been in the house-buying industry since ...

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Plaintiff must pay defendants’ fees and costs (access required)

A plaintiff was liable for the defendants’ fees and costs because the plaintiff’s claims lacked merit and its conduct was unreasonable. Background On Dec. 20, 2016, Valador filed a second amended complaint against defendants HTC Corporation, HTC America, Inc. and ...

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Challenge to jury’s trade secret verdict fails (access required)

Despite the fact the jury found that only eight of 67 alleged trade secrets were actually trade secrets, and only seven had been misappropriated, its resulting damages award was supported by the record. Background Steves is an independent manufacturer of ...

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Volvo granted injunctive relief in trademark action (access required)

As Volvo was likely to succeed on its claims that unknown defendants were knowingly marketing and selling counterfeit goods, the court ordered defendants’ assets frozen. Background Plaintiffs allege that defendants “are knowingly and intentionally promoting, advertising, marketing, retailing, offering for ...

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Ex parte TRO granted in trademark suit (access required)

Juul Labs convinced the court it was likely to prevail on trademark claims against unknown defendants selling allegedly counterfeit products on eBay, and that defendants’ Pay Pal accounts should be frozen. Background Plaintiff alleges that Defendants “are knowingly and intentionally ...

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True statement prompts dismissal of Lanham Act claim (access required)

Liberty Counsel, an organization dedicated to advancing Christian causes, sued GuideStar, a nonprofit organization that maintains an extensive online directory of profiles on other nonprofits, after GuideStar reported the Southern Poverty Law Center had designated Liberty Counsel as a hate ...

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