Indiana University selected to participate in USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the selection of 19 law schools that will join the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program this fall. Indiana University School of Law was one of five law schools selected to join both the Patent and Trademark portions of the Program.

The participating law school clinical programs provide patent and trademark legal services to independent inventors and small businesses on a pro bono basis. Clinic clients can expect to receive searches and opinions, advice from clinic law students regarding their intellectual property (IP) needs under the supervision of a faculty practitioner, drafting and filing of applications, and representation before the USPTO.

The law school clinical programs possess solid Intellectual Property curricula supporting a participating student’s hands-on learning in the Program; a commitment to networking in the community; comprehensive pro bono services; and excellent case management systems. Students in the patent and/or trademark portions of the Program can expect to draft and file applications and respond to Office Actions.

Click here for the full USPTO announcement and a list of all schools selected to participate in the Certification Pilot Program.

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Liquid Palace v. E Liquid Palace

This is a dispute between two electronic cigarette distributors over the marks “Genie,” Liquid Genie” and “Electric Genie.” Both parties began using their respective trademarks in 2013 and have retail locations approximately six miles apart. This case was removed from the Circuit Court for Floyd County, Indiana.

Liquid Palace, LLC et al v. E Liquid Palace, LLC et al

Court Case Number: 4:14-cv-00051-TWP-WGH
File Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Plaintiff: Liquid Palace, LLC, Robert W. Kaiser, Jr.
Plaintiff Counsel: H. Kevin Eddins, Kevin J. Fiet
Defendant: E Liquid Palace, Austin Simon, Russell Simon
Defendant Counsel: Loren T. Prizant, Robert John Theuerkauf
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Intentional Interference with Prospective Business Advantage, Intentional Interference with Business Relationships, Unfair Competition, Injunctive Relief
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, Jr.

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Harmony School Corporation v. School Reform Initiative

Harmony School Corporation v. School Reform Initiative, Inc.

Court Case Number: 1:14-cv-00870-TWP-TAB
File Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Plaintiff: Harmony School Corporation
Plaintiff Counsel: Constance R. Lindman of Smith Amundsen LLC, Robert S. Meitus, Matthew J. Clark of Meitus Gilbert Rose LLP
Defendant: School Reform Initiative, Inc.
Cause: Federal Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Common Law Unfair Competition
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Best Chairs Incorporated v. Factory Direct Wholesale

Plaintiff, based in Ferdinand, Indiana, sells chairs and other furniture under the BEST CHAIRS trademark. Defendant is allegedly selling competing furniture products under the BESTCHAIR and BEST CHAIR marks. Despite multiple contacts from Plaintiff, Defendant has refused to refrain from selling under the allegedly infringing mark.

Best Chairs Incorporated v. Factory Direct Wholesale, LLC

Court Case Number: 3:14-cv-00067-RLY-WGH
File Date: Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Plaintiff: Best Chairs Incorporated
Plaintiff Counsel: Amy B. Berge of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Defendant: Factory Direct Wholesale, LLC
Cause: Federal Trademark Counterfeiting, Federal Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, False Advertising, False Designation of Origin, State Unfair Competition, Indiana Crime Victims Act
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Richard L. Young
Referred To: Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, Jr.

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Roche Diagnostics GmbH v. Polymer Technology Systems

Plaintiff, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, has used the ACCU-CHEK trademark in connection with medical instruments and apparatus related to blood-glucose monitoring and diabetes management and education since as early as 1981. In March 2014, Defendant changed its company name to CHEK Diagnostics and began to promote a line of diabetes care products. Plaintiff maintains that the CHEK mark is confusingly similar to its ACCU-CHEK trademarks.

Roche Diagnostics GmbH et al v. Polymer Technology Systems Inc.

Court Case Number: 1:14-cv-00552-JMS-DKL
File Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Plaintiff: Roche Diagnostics GmbH, Roche Diagnostics Operations Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Jonathan P. Froemel, John R. Maley of Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Defendant: Polymer Technology Systems Inc.
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Common Law Unfair Competition, Declaratory Judgment
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Order Inn v. Ton Ganser et al

Since as early as 2000, Plaintiff has used its registered ORDER INN trademark in connection with “On-line ordering services in the field of restaurant takeout and delivery.” Defendant has begun providing similar services at the http://www.order-in.biz domain. Plaintiff seeks an injunction and damages as a result of the allegedly infringing activity.

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Order Inn, Inc. v. Ton Ganser et al

Court Case Number: 1:14-cv-00517-TWP-DKL
File Date: Friday, April 04, 2014
Plaintiff: Order Inn, Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Ryan Gile of Weide & Miller Ltd.
Defendant: Ton Ganser, TJ Enterprises of Indiana LLC, Does 1-10
Cause: Federal Trademark Infringement, False Designation of Origin, Unfair Competition
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Noble Roman’s v. Sahara Sam’s Indoor Water Park

Noble Roman’s Inc. v. Sahara Sam’s Indoor Water Park, LLC

Court Case Number: 1:14-cv-00500-SEB-MJD
File Date: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Plaintiff: Noble Roman’s Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Steven K. Huffer of S.K. Huffer & Associates PC
Defendant: Sahara Sam’s Indoor Water Park, LLC
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Breach of Contract, Fraud, Injunctive Relief
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Sarah Evans Barker
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Mark J. Dinsmore

 

Wounded Warrior lawsuit against Indiana Veteran transferred to Northern District

This case transferred in to the Northern District of Indiana from the Southern District based on venue considerations.

Court Case Number: 1:14-cv-00075-PPS-CAN
File Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Plaintiff: Wounded Warrior Project Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: John P. Passarelli, Maggie L. Cox, Matthew S. Noren of Kutak Rock LLP, Jessica M. Lindemann of Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Defendant: Help Indiana Vets Inc., Dean M. Graham
Cause: Trademark Infringement
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Chief Judge Philip P. Simon
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein
Notes: Case transferred in from Southern District of Indiana; Case Number 1:13-cv-01857

Indiana Cybersquatting Litigation Update – Rieth-Riley Construction v. Superior Asphalt

Plaintiff and Defendant are competitors in the asphalt manufacturing, supplying, paving and maintenance business. Defendant purchased the domain name Rieth-Riley.net, which includes Plaintiff’s registered trademark, and used that domain name to direct traffic to their own website, SuperiorAsphalt.com. Defendant also offered to sell the domain name to Plaintiff for $10,000.

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Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc. v. Jeffrey Kresnak et al

Court Case Number: 3:14-cv-00280-RL-CAN
File Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Plaintiff: Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: D. Michael Anderson of Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Defendant: Jeffrey Kresnak, Superior Asphalt, Inc.
Cause: Federal Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Cyberpiracy
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Rudy Lozano
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Noble Roman’s v. B & MP

This lawsuit involves a franchise arrangement gone bad. Plaintiff Noble Roman’s, an Indianapolis-based corporation, alleges that Defendant breached their Franchise Agreement by failing to pay royalties as required and intentionally misreported sales for the purposes of avoiding payment of franchise fees.

Noble Roman’s Inc. v. B & MP, LLC et al

Court Case Number: 1:14-cv-00206-WTL-MJD
File Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Plaintiff: Noble Roman’s Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Steven K. Huffer of S.K. Huffer & Associates PC
Defendant: B & MP, LLC, Leslie Perdriau
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Breach of Contract, Fraud
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge William T. Lawrence
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Mark J. Dinsmore