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A watered-down finding of TM infringement: prevailing party gets $0 and no injunction, court tells it to go home

Evoqua Water Technologies LLC v. M.W. Watermark, LLC, No. 16-cv-14, 2018 WL 5784073 (W.D. Mich. Nov. 5, 2018) Eric Goldman will probably appreciate the court’s takeaway here: “Plaintiff and Defendants are not only business competitors, but also stepchildren, in a … Continue reading

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Rally ’round the difference between valid and merely descriptive: 8th Circuit gives claimants much to ponder

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. v. Rushmore Photo & Gifts, Inc., — F.3d —-, 2018 WL 5726690 2018 WL 5726690, No. 17-1762, No. 17-1869, No. 17-2712, No. 17-2731 (8th Cir. Nov. 2, 2018) The court says some very interesting things about … Continue reading

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We Buy Houses registration defeats fee award despite its genericity

Express Homebuyers USA, LLC v. WBH Marketing, Inc., No. 17-cv-00736, 2018 WL 5303327 (E.D. Va. Oct. 25, 2018) Disappointingly, the court here treats assertion of registered trademarks as what seems like a complete defense to arguments that defendant should receive … Continue reading

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allegedly perfidious salesman protected from passing off liability, but might have engaged in false advertising

Burton v. Label, LLC, No. 15-CV-5793 (VSB), 2018 WL 4759735 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2018) Label, founded by the Millers, sells bespoke and custom men’s clothing throughout the United States. Schwartzman (for whom Burton is the trustee) worked for Label as … Continue reading

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Amazon not liable for use of TM in review

Sen v. Amazon.com, Inc., 2018 WL 4680018, No. 16-CV-01486-JAH-JLB (S.D. Cal. Sept. 28, 2018) Sen owns the trademark “Baiden” for skin-exfoliation products. Amazon bought “Baiden” through Google’s AdWords program and on other search engines. In 2012, Sen sued Amazon for … Continue reading

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Non-TM owner can plead false advertising claim for confusing use of TM it used to own

Desmond v. Taxi Affiliation Services LLC, 2018 WL 4589999, No. 17 C 8326 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 25, 2018) Desmond is the Chapter 7 Trustee for the Bankruptcy Estate of Yellow Cab Affiliation, a former Chicago taxicab affiliation with over 1600 … Continue reading

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Another malware misattribution claim fails

PC Drivers Headquarters, LP v. Malwarebytes, Inc., 2018 WL 2996897, No. 18-CV-234-RP (W.D. Tex. Apr. 23, 2018) PC Drivers “offers software designed to help customers optimize the processing speed of their computers and identify software drivers ready to be updated.” … Continue reading

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