Beasley v. Howard

Musicians David Beasley and William Howard are embroiled in a long-running dispute over the rights to the band name “Ebonys.” Beasley filed two petitions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) to cancel Howard’s registered THE EBONYS mark. The... Read more →

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Hamilton International Ltd. v. Vortic LLC

Hamilton International Ltd. sued Vortic LLC and its founder, Robert Thomas Custer, for selling wristwatches that featured restored antique pocket watch parts with Hamilton’s trademark. Following a bench trial, the District Court entered judgment on all claims in favor of... Read more →

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Ayla, LLC v. Alya Skin Pty. Ltd.

Reversing the district court’s dismissal of a trademark infringement action for lack of personal jurisdiction pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(2), and remanding, the panel held that defendant Alya Skin Pty. Ltd., an Australian skincare company, was subject... Read more →

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Piano Factory Group, Inc. v. Schiedmayer Celesta GmbH

In this trademark case, the appellants, Piano Factory Group, Inc., and Sweet 16 Musical Properties, Inc. (collectively, “Sweet 16”), seek review of a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB” or “Board”) that ordered the cancellation of a... Read more →

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Jim S. Adler, PC v. McNeil Consultants, LLC

Plaintiffs allege that Defendants purchased trademark terms as keywords for search-engine advertising, then placed generic advertisements that confused customers as to whether the advertisements belonged to or were affiliated with the Plaintiffs. The district court dismissed the complaint for failure... Read more →

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Kars 4 Kids Inc. v. America Can! Cars For Kids.

Kars 4 Kids, Inc. (“Kars 4 Kids”) and America Can! Cars for Kids (“America Can”) used similar trademarks. Each sued the other, alleging violations of state and federal law related to the use of those marks. Because (1) America Can... Read more →

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Klayman v. Judicial Watch, Inc.

Larry Klayman founded and ran Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group with the motto “Because No One is Above the Law.” This appeal concerns his departure from Judicial Watch in 2003 and the resulting hostility between Klayman and the Judicial... Read more →

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Pinnacle Advertising and Marketing Group, Inc. v. Pinnacle Advertising and Marketing Group, LLC

This appeal arises out of a trademark dispute between two advertising and marketing companies—both of which operate under the name Pinnacle Advertising and Marketing Group. The Illinois-based Pinnacle owns two registered trademarks for the name “Pinnacle” and a stylized version... Read more →

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Social Technologies LLC v. Apple Inc.

Affirming the district court’s summary judgment in favor of Apple Inc. in a trademark infringement action brought by Social Technologies LLC over the use of the MEMOJI mark, the panel held that there was no material issue of fact as... Read more →

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Spectrum Association Management of Texas, LLC v. Lifetime HOA Management LLC

Spectrum Association Management of Texas, L.L.C. (“Spectrum”) sued Lifetime HOA Management, L.L.C. (“Lifetime”) and Jay Tuttle (collectively the “Lifetime Defendants”) for trademark violations under the Lanham Act. Spectrum was awarded statutory damages following a bench trial. The district court declined... Read more →

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