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IPC has been retained to defend Griffin IT Media, Inc., a Florida-based company, against claims made by Spiradrill, Inc. in a UDRP proceeding challenging Griffin IT Media’s ownership of the spiradrill.com domain name.
In addition to responding the complaint filed in the UDRP proceeding, IPC took Griffin IT Media on the offensive when IPC attorney Rick Sahuc, a member of the Florida bar, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court in Palm Beach, Florida, seeking a declaratory judgment that Griffin IT Media is the rightful owner of spiradrill.com.
If you have questions about domain name disputes or would like to discuss ways to protect and grow your brand, contact our professionals at (504) 322-7166 for more information on how IPC can help.
IPC Attorney, Stephen Kepper, recently filed and successfully settled two separate trademark infringement lawsuits in the Eastern District of Louisiana for IPC client, Align Technologies Corp., a company specializing in employment management software services. Both lawsuits stemmed from the defendant’s use of the mark “ALIGN” for their respective employment management software.
The first lawsuit was against O.C. Tanner Company and in just over a month after filing, the case was settled on favorable terms to our client with O.C. Tanner, assigning their pending trademark application “ALIGN” and all the rights and goodwill associated with the application over to our client. The second lawsuit was against Workfront, Inc., a company that has recently been acquired by Adobe for $1.5 billion. Following both cases, O.C. Tanner and Workfront stopped using the “Align” mark for their respective software services.
If you have questions relating to trademark infringement issues, the professionals at IPC can help! Give us a call at 504-322-7166.
In a press release this week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced their COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications.
Under this new program, the USPTO will accept petitions to advance the initial examination of applications for marks used to identify qualifying COVID-19 medical products and services. Additionally, the USPTO will waive the fee for such petitions.
“Inventors and entrepreneurs are working around the clock to develop products that will help prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure COVID-19,” said Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO.
“Accelerating initial examination of COVID-19-related trademark applications for these products, as well as service mark applications for medical and medical research services, will help to bring important and possibly life-saving treatments to market more quickly.”
To qualify for the new program, the application must cover a product that is subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for use in the prevention and/or treatment of COVID-19 or a medical or medical research service for the prevention and/or treatment of COVID-19. See the notice for more information.
At IPC, we are actively supporting inventors of products and services that will help prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19. If you have a question about trademark issues, give our professionals a call at (504) 322-7166.
NBA Legend and Charlotte Hornets principal owner, Michael Jordan won a lawsuit appeal against China's Qiaodan Sports, ending the eight-year legal dispute regarding the use of the Chinese translation of Jordan's last name, Qiao Dan.
Michael Jordan is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player in the history of the game. He is known for his all-around great basketball ability including scoring, passing, and defense, winning 6 NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and having won the NBA Finals MVP each time.
With this recent trademark lawsuit appeal ruling, the China Supreme Court held that Chinese companies cannot continue to use the Chinese translation of “Jordan” to market their products without compensation to Michael Jordan.
17 years after retiring from the NBA, Michael Jordan continues to own his competition and remains a global economic power. As evidenced in his current ESPN documentary, "The Last Dance," Michael Jordan's competitive nature and his refusal to lose against anyone in anything, anytime, anywhere has once again prevailed with this favorable ruling.
If you have questions about intellectual property rights or trademark issues, contact our IPC professionals at (504) 322-7166 for more information on how we can help.