Find the latest news stories on trademark infringement claims, trials, appeals and verdicts.

Nov 28, 2011

German drugmaker Merck KGaA recently filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the State of New York to compel Facebook to explain the status of a disputed page on the social networking site.

Merck traces its roots back to 17th century Germany, but the American arm of the corporation - Merck & Co. - became a competitor of the German company in the early 20th century, when Merck was divided after World War I, under the Treaty of Versailles.

Now, Merck KGaA is alleging that Merck & Co. has improperly gained administrative rights to a Merck-related Facebook page.

Nov 22, 2011

In a close decision, the Georgia Supreme Court recently ruled against two men who had filed a trademark infringement suit against the state's lottery.

At issue in the suit was the "MONEYBAG$" logo and game, which plaintiff George Kyle obtained a copyright for in 1995. Scientific Games, the company that creates games and prints tickets for the Georgia Lottery, secured a one-time use license to run a game of the same name between 1999 and 2002.

Nov 18, 2011

Sazerac Co. and the Kentucky Distillers' Association announced recently that their ongoing legal battle over the "Kentucky Bourbon Trail" phrase ended in a settlement.

Six weeks before the case was set to appear in front of the U.S. District Court in Louisville, the two companies were able to reach a confidential agreement.

The original lawsuit came from the distillers' association, which sued Sazerac, a New Orleans-based company, in May 2010.

Oct 31, 2011

CPC Properties, owner of the Chickie's and Pete's restaurant chain, recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against New York J & P Pizza, alleging J & P's "Maryland crab fries" menu item infringes on the trademarked crab fries offered by Chickie's and Pete's.

The lawsuit states that Chickie's and Pete's owns a federally registered trademark for the phrase "Crab Fries" to describe "seasoned french fries served hot and cooked to order." According to the suit, crab fries have become a signature item at the eight Ch