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Intellectual Property – Trademark Infringement – Religious Websites — Cybersquatting (access required)

Capitol Commission, Inc. v. Capitol Ministries There is no dispute that defendant has attempted to use a mark, identical to plaintiff’s registered mark, to sell similar goods and services to the same consumers; there is also no dispute that the parties operate out of similar facilities (state capitols and the internet) and that defendant’s intent is to trade off of plaintiff’s name; therefore, defendant has clearly infringed upon plaintiff’s trademark under the Lanham Act. Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment is granted. Defendant’s motion for summary judgment is denied.

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Administrative – Lanham Act Preemption May Work in Ethanol Case (access required)

American Petroleum Institute v. Cooper Plaintiff trade groups that represent the natural gas and oil industry who want to enjoin enforcement of North Carolina’s Ethanol Blending Statute get another chance to prove Lanham Act preemption; the 4th Circuit agrees with the district court’s grant of summary judgment for defendants, the state and a marketing association, on plaintiffs’ preemption challenges under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act and federal renewable fuel program, but says there are unresolved issues on plaintiffs’ Lanham Act preemption challenge.

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Supreme Court will decide standing factors in Lanham Act claims (access required)

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide the factors that determine whether a party has standing to sue for false advertising under the Lanham Act. The court took up a case June 3 in which Sanford-based Static Control Components Inc., a manufacturer of component and microchips for toner cartridges, alleges that laser printer manufacturer Lexmark violated the act by falsely telling consumers that Static Control violated Lexmark’s patents and licensing agreement.

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Constitutional – Preemption – Ethanol Blending Statute – Federal Renewable Fuel Program – Intellectual Property – Lanham Act – PMPA – Commerce Clause (access required)

American Petroleum Institute v. Cooper North Carolina’s Ethanol Blending Statute – which allows gasoline marketers in our state to participate in the blending of ethanol and gasoline (and the tax credits that go along with such blending) – does not conflict with and is not preempted by the Federal Renewable Fuel Program, the Lanham Act, or the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, nor does the Ethanol Blending Statute violate the Commerce Clause. Defendants’ motion for summary judgment is granted.

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Intellectual Property – Lanham Act – False Advertising – Customer’s Statements – Tort/Negligence – Libel – Statute of Limitations – Negligence (access required)

Boykin Anchor Co. v. AT&T Corp. A false statement by plaintiff's customer - even a customer who has personal relationships with employees of plaintiff's competitor - cannot form the basis of a false advertising claim under the Lanham Act. Defendants' motion to dismiss is granted as to plaintiff's Lanham Act, gross negligence and ordinary negligence claims. Plaintiff's claims for unfair trade practices and libel and plaintiff's requests for injunctive relief remain pending against defendants Larry Wong and AT&T Services, Inc.

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