A.I.G. Agency, Inc. v. American International Group

A.I.G. Agency, Inc. (“Agency”) sued American International Group, Inc. (“International”) for trademark infringement over International’s use of the “AIG” trademark. The district court granted summary judgment for International, holding Agency’s claims were barred by the doctrine of laches. We reverse... Read more →

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Springboards to Educ v. Pharr San Juan

This trademark infringement case is like déjà vu all over again. After we affirmed another district court’s summary-judgment dismissal of the same plaintiff’s suit against another Texas school district, the district court granted summary judgment to the defendant school district... Read more →

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Sunless, Inc. v. Palm Beach Tan, Inc.

Sunless, Inc. sells tanning booths and accompanying spray tan solution under the “Mystic Tan” mark. Sunless claims that applying Mystic Tan solution in a Mystic Tan booth results in a “Mystic Tan Experience.” Palm Beach, Inc. owns and franchises a... Read more →

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LODESTAR ANSTALT V. BACARDI & COMPANY LTD.

The panel affirmed the district court’s summary judgment in favor of Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., and two of its affiliates in a trademark infringement action brought by Lodestar Anstalt. The Madrid Protocol, as implemented by amendments contained in Title XII of... Read more →

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BLUETOOTH SIG INC. V. FCA US LLC

Vacating the district court’s partial summary judgment in favor of the plaintiff and remanding in an action under the Lanham Act, the panel held that the first sale doctrine applies when a trademarked product has been incorporated in a new... Read more →

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In Re Elster

Steve Elster appeals a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”). The Board affirmed an examiner’s refusal to register the trademark “TRUMP TOO SMALL” for use on T-shirts. The Board’s decision was based on section 2(c) of the... Read more →

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In Re Vox Populi Registry Ltd.

Vox Populi Registry Ltd. (“Vox”) appeals a final decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) affirming the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (“USPTO”) refusal of U.S. Trademark Application Serial No. 87/187,215 (“the ’215 application”) for (“the stylized... Read more →

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Trial Lawyers College v. Gerry Spences Trial Lawyers, et al.

This appeal grew out of a dispute over a program (called “The Trial Lawyers College”) to train trial lawyers. The College’s board of directors splintered into two factions, known as the “Spence Group” and the “Sloan Group.” The two groups... Read more →

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Window World International v. O'Toole

This is an appeal of a district court order staying a federal action for trademark infringement and unfair competition pending resolution of common trademark license issues in long-pending state court litigation between the parties. We dismiss the appeal for lack... Read more →

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Vitamin Energy LLC v. Evanston Insurance Co

Pennsylvania law imposes on insurers a broad duty to defend lawsuits brought against those they insure. Vitamin Energy, LLC, obtained a policy from Evanston Insurance Company and was subsequently sued by a competitor, the owners of the 5-hour Energy brand,... Read more →

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