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Arent Fox Files Lawsuit Protecting Diesel Against Cybersquatting Websites Selling Counterfeit Goods

Press Release Washington, DC – On June 24, Arent Fox LLP filed suit on behalf of Italian clothing company Diesel S.p.A. against 83 websites that are cybersquatting and selling counterfeit products appearing to carry the internationally recognized label. By using the company’s trademark in the domain name, the websites are creating the false impression they are authorized to sell genuine Diesel goods. Already, the sites have sold thousands of counterfeit reproductions of Diesel’s high quality products.  

Fight On, Fight On? USPTO Cancels Six WASHINGTON REDSKINS Trademarks

Yesterday, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) cancelled six registrations related to the Washington Redskins professional football team. The TTAB found the marks violated Section 2(a) of the Federal Lanham Act, which bars registration of trademarks that may disparage persons or bring them into contempt or disrepute.

MPD Accessories Wins Copyright Battle Over Textile Designs Against Urban Outfitters

Fashion retailers beware — that lovely textile sample catching your eye could contain a copyrighted design. The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York recently awarded summary judgment against Defendants Urban Outfitters, Inc. (Urban Outfitters) and GMA Accessories, Inc. dba Capelli New York (Capelli) for infringement of copyrighted textile designs by producing and selling scarves containing two copyrighted star and stripe designs. MPD Accessories B.V. v. Urban Outfitters, Case 1:12-cv-06501-LTS-KNF.

Keds Sues Vans for Treading on Its Trademarks

What Happened? Keds, LLC has filed suit against Vans, Inc. in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts for trademark infringement, unfair competition, trademark dilution, and breach of contract stemming from the two companies’ use of blue labels on the heels of their shoes. Details of the Case Keds owns two trademarks for the blue rectangular labels that it affixes to the heels of its shoes.

Brazil Threatens Trade Retaliation Against US Exports and IP Rights in Long-Standing Cotton Case

As part of a decade-long dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO) involving US cotton subsidies, Brazil is again threatening significant trade retaliation against a wide variety of US goods and intellectual property rights. The proposed retaliation would substantially increase tariffs on US exports across various sectors and industries, and would suspend or restrict US intellectual property rights in Brazil. If enacted, the retaliatory measures could have a devastating impact on US businesses.

Another Victory for Coach’s Operation Turnlock: Swap Shop Settles Contributory Infringement Counterfeit Case

In the first contributory trademark infringement suit brought by Coach Inc. (Coach) to make it to the trial phase, Coach recently settled its lawsuit against Swap Shop, Inc. (Swap Shop), the owners of a Fort Lauderdale, Florida flea market, for $5.5 million.

Cartier and Other Luxury Brands Win Against E-Commerce Counterfeiting

Plaintiffs Cartier International, Montblanc-Simplo GmbH, Alfred Dunhill Ltd., Chloe SAS, Officine Panerai AG and Lange Uhren GmbH scored a win against e-commerce counterfeiting when US District Judge Gary Allen Feess issued a permanent injunction against a Pakistan-based e-commerce site company, Tradekey Pvt.

Expert Panel Finds Ralph Lauren is Not Entitled to Operate .POLO gTLD Based on Community Objection

While there are currently only about two dozen generic top-level domains (gTLDs), such as .com, .net, and .info, numerous public and private organizations recently filed applications for over 1800 new gTLDs. When clothing company Ralph Lauren Corporation applied for the exclusive right to operate the .POLO gTLD, a battle ensued with the U.S. Polo Association, Inc. (USPA), the national governing body for the sport of polo in America and Canada.

Fashion House Bottega Veneta Scores Big Win at TTAB

Bottega Veneta, one of the world’s premier fashion companies, recently won an important ruling regarding the scope of its trade dress rights at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).