Trademarks

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

Sep 6, 2011

Borders, the bankrupt Ann Arbor-based bookstore chain, has sued Next Jump Inc., alleging the marketing company infringed on its trademarks and attempted to use trade secrets to steal Borders' customers.

The suit alleges Next Jump placed trademarked Borders images on its OO.com website and sent emails to Borders customers saying their Borders Rewards points would now be honored by OO.com.

Aug 31, 2011

Heath Scurfield, owner of Calli Baker's Firehouse Bar & Grill in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, recently won a trademark infringement lawsuit, but his legal wrangling with national sandwich chain Firehouse Subs could drag on.

Firehouse Subs issued a cease-and-desist order against Scurfield's restaurant in 2008, saying it held a trademark on the term "firehouse." When Scurfield did not change his restaurant's name, the sub chain filed a lawsuit.

Three years later, a jury ruled against Firehouse Subs' infringement claims and said the trademark had b

Aug 30, 2011

Jim's Original Polish, a well-known Chicago Polish sausage stand, has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a recently-opened rival, named Jim's Original Chicago.

The suit states the Jim's Original Polish name, logo and tagline, "The original Maxwell Street Polish Sausage Stand," were trademarked by the state of Illinois in 2007, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Aug 25, 2011

Cereal maker Kellogg's has threatened legal action against the non-governmental organization the Maya Archaeology Initiative, alleging MAI perpetrated trademark infringement by using a toucan in its logo.

MAI said it recently received word that Kellogg's is pursuing litigation because MAI's toucan logo infringes on the Toucan Sam cartoon character and games associated with Fruit Loops cereal.

Aug 22, 2011

California-based fast-food chain In-N-Out has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the Aberdeen, Maryland, burger restaurant Grab-N-Go.

The suit alleges Grab-N-Go's name infringes on the In-N-Out brand, and also that Grab-N-Go's logo and menu copy In-N-Out's.

In-N-Out's logo features the restaurant's name in capitalized red lettering, superimposed on a yellow arrow.