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Happy New Year! It didn’t take long to get the first Indiana trademark (and trade dress) lawsuit of 2023, and in continuation of the festive celebrations, it involves fireworks.

The Defendants are alleged to be selling fireworks that infringe the Plaintiff’s registered TIKI, GHOST, and XL trademarks, as well as a “Tiki Trade Dress”.

The parties seem to be all major players in the fireworks industry, so they likely have some history. The Plaintiff has registered trademarks and it seems that the Defendants introduced new competing products utilizing similar marks after the registration date. As always, the Defendants’ Answer may tell another side of the story so stay tuned for updates.

1.4G Holdings, LLC v. North Central Industries, Inc. et al.

Court Case Number: 1:23-cv-00037-TWP-MG
File Date: January 5, 2023
Plaintiff: 1.4G Holdings, LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Philip R. Zimmerly of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Defendants: North Central Industries, Inc., Great Grizzly, Inc., R.Brown, Inc.
Cause: Federal Trademark Infringement, False Designation of Origin, Trade Dress Infringement, Misappropriation
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Mario Garcia