Quicksilver Loses $3.5 Million Trademark Infringement Battle Over Kelly Slater’s VSTR Clothing Line

The tide has turned against a famous clothing manufacturer known for its surf gear.  Quiksilver Inc. lost a battle for trademark infringement. A jury in the District Court for the Central District of California ruled against Quiksilver finding it liable for unfair competition and willfully infringing World Marketing Inc.’s “Visitor” trademark in the amount of

Read More…

"Jersey Shore’s” Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino Loses Trademark Battle with Abercrombie

No, his lawyer was not “My Cousin Vinny”.  Back in November 2011, “Jersey Shore’s” Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino took a break from his gym, tan and laundry routine to file a lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch (“Abercrombie”) for trademark infringement.  “The Situation” claims ownership to the trademark for the term “The Situation” and Sorrentino wasn’t

Read More…

Wendy’s Sues United Dairy Farmers For Trademark Infringement over “Frosties” Drink

Lesson of the day: never pull on Wendy’s pigtails.  On June 21, 2013, famous fast food chain Wendy’s sued United Dairy Farmers (“UDF”) for trademark and trade dress infringement, among other claims, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division. The suit claims UDF’s “Frosties” and “Frosty Malts” milkshakes

Read More…

Second Circuit Reinstates Trademark Infringement Case against Oprah Over Use of "Own Your Power"

Lesson of the day: “Own Your Trademark” before you use it.  In July 2011, Simone Kelly-Brown sued Oprah Winfrey, Harpo Productions Inc. and Oprah’s magazine publisher Hearst Corp. for alleged violations of Kelly-Brown’s trademark “Own Your Power.” The suit was brought after a 2010 issue of Oprah’s magazine carried an “Own Your Power” theme throughout

Read More…