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Trademark Infringement Update: Second Circuit Reverses to Find Jurisdiction Based on Shipment of Single Counterfeit Chloé Handbag

Friday, August 13th, 2010

In a decision rendered on August 5, 2010 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, that court reversed the district court’s refusal to exercise jurisdiction based on Defendants’ shipment of a single counterfeit Chloé handbag from California to New York in the case of Chloé v. Queen Bee, 09-3361-cv (2nd Circuit, Aug. 5, 2010).

The Second Circuit’s Chloé v. Queen Bee opinion can be found here.

Interestingly, it appears that the single shipment of the counterfeit Chloé handbag was a ploy. The sale was actually orchestrated by Chloé’s attorneys as a “trap sale” to open up Defendants Queen Bee of Beverly Hills and its principal Simone Ubaldelli to claims of trademark infringement attorneys

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AOL’s ‘ADVERTISING.COM’ Trademark Found Generic by Ninth Circuit Ruling, Overruled Preliminary Injunction Against www.Advertise.com

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

In a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Plaintiff on appeal Advertise.com, Inc. (Advertise.com), appealed a preliminary injunction order previously entered by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California which barred Advertise.com from using the domain name www.Advertise.com for its web services.

trademark infringement attorneysThe full opinion; Advertise.com, Inc., v. AOL ADVERTISING, INC., FKA Platform-A, Inc.; AOL INC., Case No. 10-55071 (9th Cir. August 3, 2010).

Defendants in this suit are AOL ADVERTISING, INC., FKA Platform-A, Inc.; and AOL INC., (collectively as ‘Defendants’ or ‘AOL’). AOL was the original plaintiff in this lawsuit and at the district court level it filed a complaint alleging trademark infringement against Advertise.com in the Eastern District of Virginia. That case was transferred to the Central District of California where District Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank entered a preliminary injunction against Advertise.com.

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Trademark-Infringement-Attorney Update: Defendant Lexus Vehicle Auto-Brokerage Service Protected by Fair Use Doctrine in an Appeal from Lawsuit Brought by Toyota

Monday, July 26th, 2010

In this recent trademark-infringement lawsuit, Plaintiff Toyota brought suit against Farzad and Lisa Tabari for using the Toyota’s mark ‘LEXUS’ in 2 domain names that advertised the Defendants’ auto brokerage services (buy-a-lexus.com and buyorleaselexus.com). The court of appeals ruled in favor of Defendants’ and against the injunction preventing their use of ‘LEXUS’ anywhere in the domain names used for their auto brokerage service.

trademark infringement attorneysProcedural History;

The district court found trademark infringement and ordered the defendants to cease using the domain names (buy-a-lexus.com and buyorleaselexus.com) and enjoined them from future use of the ‘LEXUS’ trademark in connection with any other domain name.

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Fourth Circuit Court Awards Attorney’s Fees and $20,000 in Statutory Damages in Cyber-squatting and Trademark-Infringement Lawsuit

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Employers Council on Flexible Compensation v. Kenneth Feltman; Anthony W. Hawks; Employers Council on Flexible Compensation, LTD.

In Emplrs Council on Flexible Comp. v. Feltman, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 12688 (4th Cir. Va. June 21, 2010), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently reaffirmed a district court ruling granting attorney’s fees and an award of statutory damages to plaintiff trademark owners of Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC).

Brief history of the parties involved;

Plaintiff ECFC is a nonprofit lobbying organization working on behalf of the maintenance and expansion of private employee benefit programs that was incorporated in 1981 in the District of Columbia and in 1999 registered the website “ecfc.org”.

Defendants in the case are Kenneth Feltman, Anthony Hawks, and Employers Council on Flexible Compensation LTD. Feltman worked as ECFC’s executive director until 1997. Although not formally an employee of ECFC after 1997, Feltman continued working on behalf of the ECFC through 2007 when the working relationship soured.

Feltman and Hawks discovered that the ECFC’s corporate charter had been revoked in September of 1998 because ECFC had failed to file certain reports the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). Rather than notifying ECFC, in February 2008, Feltman and Hawks formed a for-profit corporation in the District of Columbia under the name Employers Council on Flexible Compensation, Ltd.

Feltman and Hawks also reserved with the DCRA the acronym “ecfc,” the trade name “Employers Council on Flexible Compensation,” and twenty-one variations of that name. Furthermore, in March 2008, Hawks applied to the United States Patent and Trademark Office to register the mark “Employers Council on Flexible Compensation,” as well as a  design mark identical to ECFC’s “ecfc” logo. Finally, Feltman and Hawks obtained the domain name ecfc.com, (remember that the ECFC had been using ecfc.org since 1999) and used that domain name to maintain a website that was nearly identical to that of ECFC.

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