Category Archives: trademark

Pure mourning: Pom fails to get preliminary injunction again

Pom Wonderful LLC v.  Pur Beverages LLC, No. 13-cv-06917 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 6, 2015)    Pom fares no better its second time around. Although the court of appeals previously found likely confusion between its marks and defendant’s “pūr pŏm” energy … Continue reading

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Be very afraid: another court refuses to find irreparable harm despite confusion

Williams v. Green Valley RV, Inc., 2015 WL 4694075, No. 8:15–CV–01010 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 6, 2015)   Basically, in the Ninth Circuit, you might not be able to get a preliminary injunction in a trademark case unless the defendant’s quality … Continue reading

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Reading list: measuring sponsorship materiality

Reading list: Matthew B. Kugler, Measuring Sponsorship Materiality.  Abstract:   The problem of sponsorship confusion is one of the most vexing in trademark law. Mark owners often claim that the use of their marks in movies or on merchandise will … Continue reading

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7th Amendment provides jury right for TM profits as proxy for damages

Black & Decker Corp. v. Positec USA Inc., — F.Supp.3d —-, 2015 WL 4656749, No. 11–cv–5426 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 5, 2015   The parties compete to sell power tools.  B&D alleged that Positec infringed their patents and trademarks in the … Continue reading

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Ad of the day: does Louboutin have a claim?

Association? Dilution? Would any of the dilution exceptions apply? Via SocImages.

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Another circuit agrees that Dastar-barred claims can’t be repled as false advertising

Kehoe Component Sales Inc. v. Best Lighting Products, Inc., — F.3d —-, No. 14–3347, 2015 WL 4635824 (6th Cir. Aug. 5, 2015)   Best asked Kehoe (“Pace”) to make specialized lighting products for Best.  After Pace made enough units to … Continue reading

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IPSC First Breakout Session, Trademark Registration

Barton Beebe & Jeanne Fromer, New York University School of Law Is the Frontier Closing?: Registration Rates of Frequently Used Words on the PTO’s Trademark Register    Much of TM literature claims that the range of marks is infinite; Qualitex … Continue reading

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