Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Swag Merchandising v. T.V. Store Online

Plaintiff alleges that Defendant is manufacturing and selling unauthorized “Energy Dome Hats,” the headwear popularized by American New Wave band DEVO.

Plaintiff claims to be the exclusive licensing agent of DEVO’s intellectual property rights. The Complaint references a pair of federal trademark registrations for DEVO in connection with “entertainment services” and “sound and visual recordings.” The ultimate question for this case however, which is less clear in the Complaint, is whether DEVO owns the rights to manufacture and sell Energy Dome Hats, which are “red in color, circular, and including four tiers of the circular design, with each tier becoming larger in circumference from the top of the hat to the bottom of the hat.”

Swag Merchandising Inc. et al v. T.V. Store Online et al

Court Case Number: 1:14-cv-00127-TWP-DKL
File Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Plaintiff: Swag Merchandising Inc., Devo Inc. Corporation California
Plaintiff Counsel: Theodore J. Minch of Sovich Minch LLP
Defendant: T.V. Store Online, Fred Hajjar
Cause: Violation of 1125(a), Trademark Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Counterfeiting, Dilution, Common Law Unfair Competition, Statutory Right of Publicity, California Right of Publicity Infringement, Common Law Right of Publicity, Deception, Indiana Crime Victims’ Act
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue

State Court Complaint:

Notice of Removal:

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Coach Inc v. Downtown Gift Shop

Coach Inc et al v. Downtown Gift Shop et al

Court Case Number: 3:13-cv-00591-JVB-CAN
File Date: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Plaintiff: Coach Inc, Coach Services Inc
Plaintiff Counsel: Donald A Cole, Ginger Appleberry of Locke Lord LLP
Defendant: Downtown Gift Shop, Chun Ying Huang
Cause: Trademark Counterfeiting, Trademark Infringement, False Designation of Origin and False Advertising, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Common Law Unfair Competition, Forgery, Counterfeiting, Common Law Unjust Enrichment, Attorneys’ Fees
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Master Cutlery v. Pacific Solution Marketing

Master Cutlery, Inc. v. Pacific Solution Marketing, Inc.

Court Case Number: 1:13-cv-00819-JMS-DML
File Date: Friday, May 17, 2013
Plaintiff: Master Cutlery, Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Darlene R. Seymour Attorney at Law
Defendant: Pacific Solution Marketing, Inc.
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Copyright Infringement, Trademark Dilution, False Designation of Origin or Sponsorship, False Advertising, Trade Dress Infringement, Common Law Copyright Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Theft, Counterfeiting
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Saeilo Enterprises v. ESCO Imports of Texas

Saeilo Enterprises Inc. v. ESCO Imports of Texas Inc.

Court Case Number: 1:13-cv-00365-JMS-MJD
File Date: Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Plaintiff: Saeilo Enterprises Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Darlene R. Seymour, Jeremiah Pastrick of Continental Enterprises
Defendant: ESCO Imports of Texas Inc.
Cause: Notice of Removal, Trademark Infringement, Trademark Dilution, False Designation of Origin or Sponsorship, False Advertising, Trade Dress Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Theft, Counterfeiting, State Trademark Infringement
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Mark J. Dinsmore

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Wine & Canvas Development v. Rachel Roberts

Wine & Canvas Development, LLC v. Rachel Roberts et al

Court Case Number: 1:12-cv-01752-JMS-TAB
File Date: Friday, November 30, 2012
Plaintiff: Wine & Canvas Development, LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: P. Adam Davis of Davis & Sarbinoff, LLP
Defendant: Rachel Roberts, Avraham Levi, Las Vegas Bungee, Inc.
Cause: Notice of Removal, Trademark Infringement, False Designation of Origin, Trademark Dilution, Sales of Counterfeit Items/Services, Unfair Competition, Civil Action under the Indiana Crime Victims Act
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker

Complaint:

Notice of Removal:

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Advanced Tactical Ordnance Systems LLC v. Real Action Paintball Inc

Advanced Tactical Ordnance Systems LLC v. Real Action Paintball Inc et al

Court Case Number: 1:12-cv-00296-JVB-RBC
File Date: Friday, August 31, 2012
Plaintiff: Advanced Tactical Ordnance Systems LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Stephen R. Snyder of Snyder Birch & Morgan LLP
Defendant: Real Action Paintball IncApon Industries Corp, Apon International Group Inc, KT Tran, Conrad Sun, John Does 1-5
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Deceptive Comparative Advertising, Counterfeiting, Breach of Contract, Conversion
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Roger B. Cosbey

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Saeilo Enterprises v. Jacobson Hat Company

Saeilo Enterprises Inc. v. Jacobson Hat Company Inc.

Court Case Number: 1:11-cv-01383-JMS-DML
File Date: Friday, October 14, 2011
Plaintiff: Saeilo Enterprises Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Darlene R. Seymour – Attorney at Law
Defendant: Jacobson Hat Company Inc.
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Trademark Dilution, False Designation, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Forgery, and Counterfeiting
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – American Petroleum Institute v. Tailor Make Oil

American Petroleum Institute v. Tailor Make Oil Co., LLC et al

Court Case Number: 1:11-cv-01386-TWP-TAB
File Date: Friday, October 14, 2011
Plaintiff: American Petroleum Institute
Plaintiff Counsel: Ryan Bruce Bowers of Barnes & Thornburg LLP                                                
Defendant: Tailor Make Oil Co., LLC, TM Oil, LLC, Circle Town Oil, William R. Selkirk, Rebecca Selkirk, Lincoln R. Schneider, Jafarikal Corporation
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Trademark Counterfeiting, False Advertising, Unfair Competition, Trademark Dilution, Breach of Contract, Forgery
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Saeilo Enterprises v. Scottwerx

Saeilo Enterprises Inc. v. Scottwerx, LLC

Manufacturing company, Saeilo Enterprises, formed the Kahr Arms division in 1994. In 1999, Kahr Arms bought Auto-Ordnance, including the “Tommy Gun” trademark.

Ruger 10/22 Tommy Gun

In June, Saeilo filed a trademark complaint in Hamilton County Superior Court against New York company, Scottwerx.  The complaint claims jurisdiction in Hamilton County “because a substantial part of the events giving rise to the claims alleged herein arose in Hamilton County, Indiana”.

Citing the numerous federal allegations in the original complaint, defendant Scottwerx has filed a Notice of Removal asking the case be moved to Federal court.

Court Case Number: 1:11-cv-00993-TWP-DML
File Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Plaintiff: Saeilo Enterprises Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Darlene R. Seymour – Attorney at Law
Defendant: Scottwerx, LLC
Cause: Notice of Removal – Fed. Question: Trademark Infringement, Trademark Dilution, False Designation of Origin or Sponsorship, False Advertising, Trade Dress Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Conversion, Forgery, Counterfeiting, Theft, State Trademark Infringement
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch

Notice of Removal

Exhibit A: Original Complaint

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Coach v. Diva’s House of Style

Coach v. Diva’s House of Style

Court Case Number: 3:11-cv-00253-JD -CAN
File Date: Thursday, June 16, 2011
Plaintiff: Coach Inc, Coach Services Inc
Plaintiff Counsel: Alejandro Valle of Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP
Defendant: Diva’s House of Style, Elizabeth Bond
Cause: Trademark Counterfeiting, Trademark Infringement, Trade Dress Infringement, False Designation of Origin and False Advertising, Trademark Dilution, Copyright Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Common Law Unfair Competition, Forgery, Counterfeiting,
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Jon E DeGuilio
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Christopher A Nuechterlein