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Federal Circuit: Bar On Registration Of Immoral Marks Is Unconstitutional
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Although the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) correctly found that a proposed "fuct" trademark comprises immoral or scandalous material under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1052(a), (Section 2(a)), the immoral and scandalous marks provision constitutes an unconstitutional restriction of free speech, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 15 (In Re: Erik Brunetti, No. 15-1109, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 25336).



2nd Circuit Cites Matal In Dispute Over Denied Food Truck Application
NEW YORK - In a Jan. 3 ruling, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals deemed repeated denials by the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) of an application by Wandering Dago (WD) Inc. to participate in the state's Summer Outdoor Lunch Program unconstitutional (Wandering Dago Inc. v. New York State Office of General Services, et al., No. 16-622, 2nd Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 87).



Nebraska Federal Judge Won't Retransfer Trademark Claims To Texas
OMAHA, Neb. - A request by a trademark owner to retransfer infringement allegations to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas was denied Jan. 16 by a Nebraska federal judge, who found that the plaintiff failed to show that a previously severed defendant is indispensable to the Texas action (Buc-ee's Ltd. v. Buck's Inc., et al., No. 17-287, D. Neb., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6619).



Judge Transfers Noninfringement, UCL Action Against Harley To Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE - A California federal judge on Jan. 11 transferred an aftermarket motorcycle part company's action in which it seeks a declaration of noninfringement and asserts a claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) against a motorcycle maker to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, noting that an underlying cease-and-desist letter originated in Wisconsin (Cobra Engineering Inc. v. H-D USA Llc, et al., No. 2:18cv71, E.D. Wis.).



9th Circuit Affirms: No Case Or Controversy In Trademark Dispute
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge did not err in dismissing a declaratory judgment action over the "Merit" trademark, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 4, because the plaintiff in the case failed to establish the existence of an actual controversy as required by the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. 2201 (Merit Healthcare International Inc. v. Merit Medical Systems Inc., No. 16-55290, 9th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 246).



11th Circuit Affirms: Former Member Has No Right To 'Commodores' Mark
ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 9 found that when Thomas McClary departed the Grammy Award-winning band The Commodores in 1984, he forfeited his common-law rights to use and profit from "The Commodores" trademark (Commodores Entertainment Corporation v. Thomas McClary, et al., No. 16-15794, 11th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 518).



6th Circuit Reinstates Dispute Over Riflescope Trade Dress Protection
CINCINNATI - A rejection on summary judgment of allegations that a riflescope maker committed trade dress infringement through the design of its knurling was erroneous, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 10 (Leapers Inc. v. SMTS LLC, et al., No. 17-1007, 6th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 599).



Divided 1st Circuit Limits Trademark Licensee To Prepetition Damages
BOSTON - In what it deemed a case of first impression, a divided First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 12 found that a trademark licensee retains only the right to seek prepetition damages following a Chapter 11 debtor-in-possession's rejection of the underlying license agreement (Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology LLC, No. 16-9016, 1st Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 870).



Judge Denies GoDaddy's Request For Restraining Order In Infringement, UCL Case
OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal judge on Dec. 20 denied a request by GoDaddy Operating Co. LLC, which asserts causes of action for trademark infringement and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) against a graphics company and others, for a temporary restraining order, finding that the issue would be better decided on fully-briefed motions for an injunction rather than a temporary restraining order (GoDaddy Operating Company, LLC v. Usman Ghaznavi, et al., No. 17-cv-6545, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 209386).



Health Care Product Maker Files Trademark Infringement, UCL Federal Lawsuit
LOS ANGELES - A California laboratory on Jan. 2 sued several other entities in a California federal court, asserting that they infringed on its trademarks and violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) when they knowingly used the laboratory's federally registered trademarks (Trigg Laboratories Inc. v. WSM Investment LLC, et al., No. 2:18-cv-00024, C.D. Calif.).



Heightened Standard Applied To Fraud-Based Lanham Act Claims
CHICAGO - Allegations of copyright infringement and common-law trademark infringement survived a motion to dismiss Dec. 21, but an Illinois federal judge deemed dismissal of the remainder of the complaint - including causes of action for unfair competition and false advertising - warranted (VitalGo Inc., et al. v. Kreg Therapeutics Inc., et al., No. 16-5577, N.D. Ill., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 210362).



Boston Band Founder Argues Contract Breach From Ex-Member's Trademark Use
BOSTON - In a Dec. 29 brief to the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Tom Scholz, who founded the multiplatinum-selling rock band Boston, argues that a former band member's use of the "Boston" trademark to promote his post-Boston musical endeavors breached a previous settlement agreement between them (David Thomas Scholz v. Barry Goudreau, No. 17-1264, 1st Cir.).



Generic Vietnamese Soup Marks Were Properly Canceled, Firm Tells 9th Circuit
SAN FRANCISCO - Because evidence and testimony established that the Vietnamese word "cot" is generic in the context of soup, a Vietnamese food distributor argues in a Dec. 19 brief to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that a trial court correctly canceled a rival firm's trademarks incorporating the word and issued judgment accordingly on the rival's infringement claims (Quoc Viet Foods Inc. v. VV Foods LLC, et al., No. 17-55331 and 17-55742, 9th Cir.).



11th Circuit Briefed On Trademark Rights For Karaoke Tracks
ATLANTA - In briefs filed with the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a karaoke track producer and a karaoke service operator recently debated whether a likelihood of confusion can arise from the operator's use of purportedly pirated karaoke tracks that display the producer's trademarks (Phoenix Entertainment Partners LLC v. Kevin Burke, No. 17-13043, 11th Cir.).



Former Jack In The Box Franchisee Appeals Contract Trademark Judgment
SAN FRANCISCO - Arguing that disputed facts exist on a purported cure agreement and the amounts owed to franchisor Jack in the Box Inc. (JIB), a terminated franchisee tells the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a Dec. 19 reply brief that a trial court wrongly issued judgment against it on trademark infringement and contract claims (Jack in the Box Inc. v. Deepak Mehta, et al., No. 17-15336, 9th Cir.).



Festival Host To 9th Circuit: 'Life Is Beautiful' Marks Were Fraudulently Obtained
SAN FRANCISCO - The organizer of the annual "Life is Beautiful" festival tells the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a Jan. 5 brief that an artist's trademark claims related to that phrase were properly dismissed due to unclean hands and a failure to use the asserted marks in commerce (Amusement Art LLC v. Life is Beautiful LLC, et al., No. 17-55045, 9th Cir.).



Federal Circuit Affirms Denial Of Registrations For 'Magnesita' Trademarks
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to deny two trademark registration applications for "Magnesita" on grounds that the marks are generic for refractory products was not erroneous, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded Nov. 27 (In re: Magnesita Refractories Company, No. 16-2345, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 23845).



9th Circuit Affirms: Use Of 'Empire' Mark Protected By 1st Amendment
SAN FRANCISCO - Two broadcasters were properly granted a summary judgment that their use of the name "Empire" is protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 16 (Twentieth Century Fox Television, et al. v. Empire Distribution Inc., No. 16-55577, 9th Cir.).



Abandonment Of Mark Not Proven, Washington Federal Judge Rules
SEATTLE - Although denying a trademark infringement plaintiff summary judgment, a Washington federal judge on Nov. 29 rejected assertions by defendants in the case that they "strictly proved" trademark abandonment (Kische USA LLC v. Ali Simsek, et al., No. 16-168, W.D. Wash., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 196191).



Copyright Plaintiff Partly Prevails In Dispute Over Streaming TV Content
MIAMI - A Florida federal judge on Dec. 11 entered summary judgment on behalf of a producer of Colombian television and its distributor, amid allegations that a defendant created a website to stream the plaintiffs' copyrighted content in the United States without permission (Caracol Television S.A., et al. v. TVmiaInternational Corp., et al., No. 16-23486, S.D. Fla., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 204575).



California Magistrate Judge Dismisses Trademark Claim, Trade Libel Claim Survives
SAN FRANCISCO - A dispute between two beauty product suppliers will proceed in California federal court but without a claim for trademark infringement against an individual defendant, a federal magistrate judge ruled Nov. 27 (BioZone Laboratories Inc. v. Next Step Laboratories Corporation and Richard Rigg, No. 17-2768, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 194454).



Copyright, Trademark Claims Survive Dismissal Request In Illinois Court
CHICAGO - Efforts by two defendants to obtain dismissal of allegations they committed copyright and trademark infringement by copying and exhibiting photographs by the late Vivian Maier were unsuccessful on Nov. 20, when an Illinois federal judge deemed claims by a public administrator appointed to Maier's estate upon her death in 2009 adequately pleaded (The Estate of Vivian Maier v. Jeffrey Goldstein, et al., No. 17-2951, N.D. Ill., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191294).



Trademark Dispute Over Literacy Program Survives Dismissal Request In Texas
DALLAS - Efforts by a defendant to obtain dismissal of trademark infringement allegations stemming from the use of - among other things - a million-dollar bill bookmark in connection with a literacy program were unsuccessful on Dec. 5, when a Texas federal judge denied the request (Springboards to Education v. Demco Inc., et al., No. 16-2398, N.D. Texas).



9th Circuit Affirms: Subaru Did Not Infringe Copyright, Trademarks
SAN FRANCISCO - In a Dec. 12 ruling decided without oral argument, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a California federal judge's dismissal of copyright and trademark infringement allegations stemming from Subaru of America Inc.'s use of "Share the Love" as a slogan in television advertisements (Marilyn Mintz v. Subaru of America Inc., No. 16-3384, 9th Cir.).



Computer Fraud Ruling Against Ex-Employee Partly Reversed By Louisiana Judge
NEW ORLEANS - A former employee's newly submitted evidence created material issues of fact on parts of his ex-employer's computer fraud and unfair trade practices claims against him, a Louisiana federal judge ruled Dec. 7, partly granting the defendant's reconsideration motion, while declining to reconsider judgment on accompanying trade secrets and conversion claims (Eddie Sussman Sr., et al. v. Financial Guards LLC, et al., No. 2:15-cv-02373, E.D. La., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 201566).



Judge Awards Fees To Hoverboard Maker In Trademark Infringement Action
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Dec. 4 awarded a hoverboard maker fees and costs incurred when two defendants accused of infringing on trademarks held by it in violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and false advertising law violated a preliminary injunction (UL LLC v. The Space Chariot Inc., et al., No. 2:16-cv-08172, C.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 202573).



9th Circuit Upholds Fee Award In Favor Of Copyright Defendants
SAN FRANCISCO - Two sons of the late concert promoter Bill Graham were properly ordered by a California federal judge to reimburse the attorney fees incurred by four copyright infringement defendants, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 13 (Alexander Graham-Sult, et al., v. Nicholas Clainos, et al., Nos. 15-17204, 16-16768, - 17083, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 25187).



Indiana Magistrate Judge Denies Wal-Mart Request To Transfer Trademark Case
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Efforts by Wal-Mart.com USA LLC and a co-defendant to move allegations of trademark infringement to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California were unsuccessful Dec. 6, when an Indiana federal magistrate judge found that "the only factor that narrowly favors transfer is convenience of the third-party Chinese witnesses" (Dwyer Instruments Inc. v. Wal-Mart.com USA LLC, et al., No. 17-636, N.D. Ind., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 200566).



Florida Federal Judge: Trademark Not Promoted In Unsolicited Facsimiles
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Citing a lack of personal jurisdiction over two defendants accused of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), a Florida federal judge on Dec. 1 reversed course, vacating his earlier finding that unsolicited facsimile (fax) advertisements bearing the "Ulesfia" trademark were sent on behalf of the mark owner (S.A.S.B. Corporation, et al., v. Concordia Pharmaceuticals Inc., et al., No. 16-14108, S.D. Fla., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 199021).



Furniture Maker Seeks High Court Review Of Tea Rose- Rectanus Doctrine Ruling
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling deepened a circuit split on the interpretation of good faith adoption of a regional, common-law trademark under the Tea Rose-Rectanus doctrine, a furniture manufacturer argues in a Nov. 13 petition for certiorari, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to provide guidance on the matter (Omnia Italian Design Inc. v. Stone Creek Inc., No. 17-731, U.S. Sup.).



Fastener Maker Tells 8th Circuit Fraud, Mark Lapse Defeat Infringement Claims
ST. LOUIS - In a Nov. 20 appellee brief, the defendant in a long-running dispute over the "Sealtight" and "Sealtite" trademarks asks the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to affirm a trial court's judgment in its favor, citing its opponent's fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), as well as a lapse in the plaintiff's registration for its purportedly incontestable trademark (B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Industries Inc., No. 17-1570 and 17-1755, 8th Cir.).



Cosmetics Firm Asserts Its Right To Injunction In 'Lush' Trademark Dispute
SAN FRANCISCO - A trial court erred in denying its motion for injunctive relief despite a jury's finding that its "Lush" trademark was infringed, a cosmetics firm tells the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a Dec. 8 reply brief, arguing that it presented evidence of harm and unclean hands (Pinkette Clothing Inc. v. Cosmetic Warriors Limited, No. 17-55325, 9th Cir.).



Restaurant Software Firm Appeals Cancellation Of 'Reserve' Marks To 9th Circuit
SAN FRANCISCO - Arguing that its trademarks incorporating the word "Reserve" have achieved secondary meaning and are entitled to a presumption of validity, a provider of restaurant management software tells the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in an Oct. 19 brief that a trial court erred in ordering cancellation of two of its marks and in granting judgment to an infringing competitor (Reserve Media Inc. v. Efficient Frontiers Inc., No. 17-55687, 9th Cir.).



Refusal To Register 'Sensi' Trademark Upheld By Federal Circuit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Findings by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that the "Sensi" trademark in Class 5 of the Trademark Classifications for Goods and Services for diapers would likely cause confusion with two previously registered marks for "Sensi-Care" for use in connection with a treatment for diaper rash were not erroneous, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 13 (In re: P.T. Arista Latindo, No. 17-1292, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 22637).



2nd Circuit Affirms: Claimed Trade Dress Is Functional, Unprotectable
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge did not err in determining, following a bench trial, that a declaratory judgment plaintiff's bag closure products do not infringe or dilute a competitor's trade dress, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded Nov. 2 (Schutte Bagclosures Inc. and Schutte Bagclosures B.V. v. Kiwk Lok Corporation, No. 16-2767, 2nd Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 21864).



Federal Circuit: Fees Due On Trade Dress Claims, Not Copyright, Patent Claims
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Texas federal judge's denial of a motion to dismiss a declaratory judgment action relating to patent, copyright and trade dress protection for fiberglass utility bodies for use with trucks was affirmed Nov. 7 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which agreed that an actual case or controversy existed between the parties (Industrial Models Inc. v. SNF Inc., et al., Nos 17-1172, -1173, Fed. Cir.).



75 Website Operators Enjoined From Offering Counterfeit Gucci Items
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Nov. 8 granted Gucci America Inc.'s motion for a preliminary injunction against 75 website operators that the plaintiff said were selling counterfeit goods bearing the "Gucci" mark, finding Gucci "very likely" to succeed in its trademark infringement claims (Gucci America Inc. v. 532buy.com, et al., No.0:17-cv-62068, S.D. Fla.).



10th Circuit Upholds Termination Of Trademark License
DENVER - In an Oct. 10 ruling, the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that a Utah federal judge did not err in terminating a trademark license agreement (TLA) and in permanently enjoining a defendant's further use of several disputed marks (Earthgrains Baking Companies Inc. v. Leland Sycamore, No. 15-4145, 10th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 19887).



11th Circuit Upholds Denial Of Injunction In Trademark Case
ATLANTA - A Florida federal judge's decision to deny a preliminary injunction barring an infringement defendant from using the "HealthPrint" trademark was affirmed Oct. 17 by the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which found that evidence of actual confusion is lacking in the case (Superior Consulting Services Inc. v. Shaklee Corporation, No. 17-11210, 11th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 20265).



2nd Circuit Affirms Rejection Of DMCA Claim, Denial Of Attorney Fees
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge did not err in rejecting allegations that a licensee violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. 1201(a), when it modified security measures to prevent two software programs from self-enforcing certain licensing restrictions because the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate the copyrightability of the underlying programs, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 8 (Dynamic Concepts Inc. and Point 4 Data Corp. v. Tri-State Surgical Supply, et al., Nos. 15-0563, -3212, 2nd Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 22348).



Judge Clarifies Fact, Opinion Work Product In Patent Antitrust Suit
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Responding to discovery disputes by the parties in a lawsuit alleging monopolization and false advertising of patents for specialty medical software, a California federal judge on Nov. 6 clarified a previous order compelling production, differentiating between fact and opinion work product in the context of waiver of privilege (Cave Consulting Group Inc. v. OptumInsight Inc., No. 3:15-cv-03424, N.D. Calif, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 183672).



High Court Won't Hear Suit Over Whether 'Google' Trademark Is Generic
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its Oct. 16 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari in which two men asserted that the term "google" has become generic and, thus, is no longer entitled to trademark protection (David Elliott, et al. v. Google Inc., No. 17-258, U.S. Sup.).



Judge Dismisses Franchisor's Trademark Infringement Suit For Lack Of Jurisdiction
DENVER - A Colorado federal judge on Oct. 20 entered final judgment dismissing a franchisor's trademark infringement lawsuit for lack of personal jurisdiction, finding that the defendants' contacts with Colorado only "barely satisfy the minimum contacts standard" and that a majority of the reasonableness factors weigh against the exercise of jurisdiction (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory v. Timothy Arellano, et al., No. 17-0582, D. Colo., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173159).



6th Circuit Reverses Res Judicata Holding In Trademark Dispute
CINCINNATI - A rejection on summary judgment of a complaint seeking a declaration of trademark invalidity was reversed Oct. 23 by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which rejected findings by a Michigan federal judge that the dispute is barred by the doctrine of res judicata (AuSable River Trading Post LLC v. Dovetail Solutions Inc., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 20707).



Internet Posting Bans In 'Comic-Con' Trademark Suit Vacated As Prior Restraint
SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Oct. 30 vacated previous protective orders preventing the defendant in a dispute over the "Comic-Con" trademark from posting online about the litigation, issuing the order in compliance with a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that deemed the internet bans prior restraint under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Const. amend. I (San Diego Comic Convention v. Dan Farr Productions, et al., No. 3:14-cv-01865, S.D. Calif.).



Judge Strikes Response To Audio Parts Seller's Infringement, UCL Claims
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After finding that the sellers of audio components failed to properly respond to allegations that they infringed on trademarks and violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) asserted by a competitor, a California federal judge on Oct. 31 struck their answer in its entirety with leave to amend (JL Audio Inc. v. Dia Saif, et al., No. 2:16-cv-00377, E.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 180576).



Washington Federal Court Will Maintain Jurisdiction Over Inventor's UCL Claim
SEATTLE - Even though a patent infringement case was recently transferred from a California federal court, a Washington federal judge on Oct. 17 found that he would maintain jurisdiction over an inventor's claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and refused to dismiss the claim (Elliot Kremerman v. Open Source Steel, LLC, et al., No. 2:17-cv-953, W.D. Wash., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 171735).



Arbitrability Of Trade Secrets Claims For Arbitrator To Decide, Judge Rules
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida on Oct. 12 granted in part a motion to dismiss filed by defendants in a patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets lawsuit, ruling that whether a company's claims against the defendants are subject to several arbitration provisions is for an arbitrator to decide (CheyTac USA LLC v. NextGen Tactical LLC, No. 17-60925, S.D. Fla., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169850).



Some Defenses Stricken In Florida Trade Dress, Trademark, Copyright Case
ORLANDO, Fla. - A declaratory judgment defendant and copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement counterclaimant partly prevailed Oct. 18 before a Florida federal magistrate judge, who agreed to strike various affirmative defenses raised in response to the counterclaims (Systematic Home Staging LLC v. MHM Professional Staging LLC, No. 17-1327, M.D. Fla., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 172036).



Illinois Federal Judge Awards $650,000 In Copyright, Trademark Case
CHICAGO - A defendant who sold counterfeit "Monster Energy" products online was ordered by an Illinois federal judge on Oct. 23 to pay Monster Energy Co. $650,000 in damages in connection with allegations of copyright and trademark infringement (Monster Energy Company v. Zheng Peng, et al., No. 17-414, N.D. Ill., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 175287).



Clothing, Cosmetics Firms Debate Laches In 9th Circuit 'Lush' Trademark Suit
SAN FRANCISCO - Two companies claiming ownership of the "Lush" trademark debate in briefs to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals whether a cosmetics firm's infringement claim was barred under the doctrine of laches and whether it was filed within the statute of limitations (Pinkette Clothing Inc. v. Cosmetic Warriors Limited, No. 17-55325, 9th Cir.).



Wal-Mart, Variety Stores Argue Over Disgorgement In 'Backyard' Mark Suit
RICHMOND, Va. - Retailers Variety Stores Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently briefed the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on whether Wal-Mart infringed Variety's "The Backyard" trademark and whether the amount of disgorged profits was properly limited to $32 million (Variety Stores Inc. v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., No. 17-1503 and 17-1644, 4th Cir.).



Insurer Seeks Reversal Of Finding That Trade Dress Claim Triggered Duty To Defend
SAN FRANCISCO - A commercial general liability insurer recently asked the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a lower federal court's ruling that it has a duty to defend its garment merchant insured against an underlying lawsuit, arguing that the lower court erred in finding that the insured was potentially liable for alleged damages arising from trade dress infringement in one of its advertisements (Great Lakes Reinsurance [UK] PLC v. In and Out Fashion Inc., 16-56425, 9th Cir.).



Distinctiveness, Infringement Of 'Sturgis' Trademarks Argued In 8th Circuit
ST. LOUIS - A South Dakota organization affiliated with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally tells the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a Nov. 6 brief that a jury correctly found its "Sturgis" trademarks to be valid and infringed by the sale of unlicensed Sturgis items. However, the plaintiff appeals a post-verdict ruling that vacated a damages award for the infringement (Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. v. Rushmore Photo & Gifts Inc., et al., Nos. 17-1762, -1869, -2712 and -2731, 8th Cir.).



Jack In The Box Says Terminated Agreement Ended Franchisee's Trademark Rights
SAN FRANCISCO - In a Nov. 6 brief, Jack in the Box Inc. asks the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to affirm a trial court's finding that a former franchisee engaged in infringement by continuing to use the "Jack in the Box" trademarks after its franchise agreement was terminated for contractual breaches (Jack in the Box Inc. v. Deepak Mehta, et al., No. 17-15336, 9th Cir.).