The infringement of a trademark is a serious problem for any business. A trademark is your company’s means of “public identification,” a ubiquitous name or symbol that instantly brands your company in the public consciousness. People instantly recognize successful trademarks like Coca-Cola’s red script, the McDonald’s golden arches and the UPS’s brown uniforms. A trademark is a unique, exclusive name or symbol that makes consumers think of your company and product the moment they see your mark. When other companies copy your trademark or use it without permission, it can damage your brand’s reputation. At Willi Law Firm, one of our core services involves protecting the valuable trademark rights of small, medium-sized, and multi-national businesses in the United States and abroad. Litigating trademark infringement disputes is a small, but crucial component of our inclusive approach to protecting your company’s valuable trademarks.
Trademark infringement confuses the public as to the nature of a product or company. They may believe the infringed trademark belongs to your company, when, in fact, the entity stealing the mark is selling their own goods or services. Major corporations such as Disney, Gap and Apple spend millions protecting their trademarks from ‘knock off’ merchandisers who usurp their trademark’s success. When these merchandisers sell inferior products or provide inferior services, the poor quality reflects on the trademark’s rightful owner.
Protecting your company’s trademark from infringement is paramount to maintaining your company’s public ‘good will,’ a market presence that you cannot afford to tarnish. Still, protecting your trademark can be a daunting task, especially when dealing with national or international trademark theft.
Our attorneys are experienced in protecting trademarks and litigating trademark infringement disputes. Willi Law Firm can guide you through the process of registering a unique trademark and protecting it from theft and abuse. Our attorneys can take action against companies and individuals that knowingly or unknowingly use your mark. If your company sustains monetary damage from trademark theft, our attorneys will do all they can to help you recoup all lost revenue via trademark litigation. Whether you need a cease and desist letter or need to file a lawsuit for trademark infringement, cybersquatting, trademark tarnishment, trademark dilution, or unfair competition, our attorneys will provide comprehensive, thorough, and unrelenting trademark infringement representation.
Interactive Life Forms, LLC v. Client. Willi Law Firm represented an individual who received a cease and desist letter from counsel for Interactive Life Forms. Our client was accused of infringing Interactive Life Form’s trademarks, patents, and copyrights due to Internet sales of counterfeit Fleshlight® products made in China. The case was settled to the mutual satisfaction of the parties prior to litigation.
7-Eleven, Inc. v. Getagadget, Inc. Willi Law Firm represented Austin-based Getagadget, Inc. in two trademark opposition proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Getagadget sells BIG BITE™ bottle openers and beach toys to mass merchandisers (such as Wal-Mart, Walgreens, and CVS pharmacy), convenience stores, vacation resort gift shops, surf shops, souvenir stores, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, promotional companies, marinas, theme parks, water parks, yacht clubs, and golf clubs in the United States and foreign countries. 7-Eleven sells its BIG BITE® hot dogs in 7-Eleven convenience stores. 7-Eleven alleged that consumers would be confused, mistaken, or deceived into believing that Getagadget’s BIG BITE™ openers and beach toys, which were not sold in 7-Eleven convenience stores, were somehow related to or originated from 7-Eleven. Alternatively, 7-Eleven alleged that Getagadget’s use of the BIG BITE™ mark for bottle openers and beach toys would somehow dilute 7-Eleven’s trademark for hot dogs. The cases settled to the mutual satisfaction of the parties, and the trademark opposition proceedings were dismissed.
Apple, Inc. v. Client. Willi Law Firm represented a Texas limited liability company who received a cease and desist letter from counsel for Apple, Inc. Our client was accused of infringing Apple’s patents and trademarks due to Internet sales of counterfeit Apple® iPhone® and/or iPad® adapters, earphones, cables, chargers, and covers that were made in China. The case was settled to the mutual satisfaction of the parties prior to litigation.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. v. Client. Willi Law Firm represented an individual who received a cease and desist letter from counsel for Canon U.S.A., Inc. Our client was accused of infringing Canon’s trademarks due to Internet sales of counterfeit Canon® batteries and camera accessories made in China. The case was settled to the mutual satisfaction of the parties prior to litigation.
Global Licensing N.V. v. The Jewelry Channel, Inc. d/b/a/ Liquidation Channel. Willi Law Firm represented Global Licensing N.V., a Seychelles company in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division. The dispute relates to protection of Global Licensing’s federally-registered trademark ZULTANITE®. The case was settled to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.
Otter Products, LLC v. Client. Willi Law Firm represented an individual who received a cease and desist letter from counsel for Otter Products. Our client was accused of infringing Otter Products trademarks due to Internet sales of counterfeit Otterbox® products made in China. The case was settled to the mutual satisfaction of the parties prior to litigation.
Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corporation v. Thomas. Willi Law Firm represented Virginia defendants in a lawsuit involving allegations of cyberpiracy, contributory cyberpiracy, trademark infringement, and civil conspiracy filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The case was dismissed after a favorable settlement in which Willi Law Firm’s clients received cash.