IPC recently obtained a big win in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Case No. 20-31233) securing an award of nearly $150,000 in attorneys’ fees for client Alliance for Good Government in its trademark infringement case against the Coalition for Better Government. In two previous appeals, the Fifth Circuit had affirmed the district court’s prior judgments: (1) that the Coalition infringed the Alliance’s trademark rights by copying the Alliance’s eagle logo; and (2) that the Alliance was entitled to recover attorneys’ fees because the lawsuit qualified as an “exceptional case” under the Lanham Act due to the Coalition’s litigation conduct.
When the Alliance was unable to collect its fee award following the second appeal due to the Coalition’s complete lack of assets, IPC attorney Rick Sahuc obtained a judgment from the district court holding Darleen Jacobs (the founder, president and lead attorney for the Coalition) personally liable for the fee award, even though she was not a party to the underlying lawsuit.
The district court agreed with Mr. Sahuc’s argument that the Lanham Act allowed the court to do so because Ms. Jacobs was personally responsible for the actions that made the lawsuit an “exceptional case” and for the Coalition’s inability to satisfy the fee award. The Fifth Circuit’s recent decision affirmed that judgment, which also included an increased fee award to account for additional attorneys’ fees incurred.
If you have questions about trademark related issues, the professionals at IPC can help. Give us a call at (504) 322-7166.
IPC Attorney, Adam V. Vickers, recently obtained a judgment for our client, Premier South, LLC, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana in a trademark infringement case. The Court confirmed our client’s exclusive trademark rights and permanently enjoined the defendants from infringing our client’s trademarks. Chief Federal District Judge Shelly D. Dick presided over the trademark infringement case (no. 3:20-CV-879).
If you have a trademark issue, call 504-322-7166 to speak with our team of professionals.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced in a press release today they officially issued U.S. patent number 11 million, recognizing an important milestone in American innovation and ingenuity.
“This momentous benchmark is a reminder of the remarkable and enduring tradition of American innovation that has driven our nation forward for generations,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Building our economy back stronger requires new ideas and innovative solutions from every sector. I am proud to recognize patent 11 million, its inventors, and its promise.”
Read more about U.S. patent history here.
At IPC, we are proud to be part of this tremendous milestone with over 480 U.S. patent applications filed by our firm and over 250 U.S. patents issued! If you have questions about patents, our professionals at IPC are ready to help. Give us a call at 504-322-7166.
IPC is honored to have been recognized by Best Lawyers© in its list of “Best Law Firms” in New Orleans for 2021, including Best Lawyers in America© recognition of Greg Latham (Trademark Law & Patent Law) and Ben Meroney (Copyright Law). Also recognized were Stephen Kepper and Adriano Pacifici, who were both designated “Ones to Watch.”
As the largest intellectual property boutique law firm along the Gulf Coast, with over 9,000 currently active U.S. Trademark applications/registrations and as the 6th largest filer of U.S. Trademark applications by volume in the United States in 2020, we offer big firm experience with small firm service.
At IPC, we don't want to be your only lawyers, just your best!
IPC Attorney, Rick Sahuc, recently assisted client Des Kensel in securing an amicable agreement finalizing his departure from the Grammy-winning metal band, High On Fire.
In a post on his personal Instagram account, Kensel shares "As a founding member of High on Fire, I feel blessed to have spent the last 21 years traveling around the world pursuing my childhood dream to write and play music. After eight albums, countless tours, and a Grammy win, I am very thankful for what we have been able to accomplish as a band."
As a founding member and the band's drummer for over two decades, Kensel's departure involved complex issues concerning ownership and valuation of trademarks, copyrights, and royalty streams. If you have questions regarding intellectual property issues, the team of professionals at IPC can help. Give us a call at 504-322-7166.
The aggressive strategy employed by IPC in defending client Griffin IT Media, Inc. against claims made by Spiradrill, Inc. in a UDRP proceeding produced a huge win.
In a calculated move on the offensive, IPC attorney Rick Sahuc 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 the spiradrill.com domain name. After filing the lawsuit, Spiradrill, Inc. agreed to withdraw its claim in the UDRP proceeding against our client Griffin IT Media, who will remain the rightful owner of spiradrill.com.
If you have questions about domain name disputes or would like to discuss ways the IPC team can make bold moves to help protect and grow your brand, contact our professionals at (504) 322-7166 for more information.