Experience

Outside IP Counsel, Trademark Prosecution for Global Consumer Products Company

Served as outside intellectual property counsel to a global consumer products company, advising on the clearance of proposed trademarks, prosecuting a high volume of applications across a wide range of consumer products, and managing the client’s portfolios worldwide.

Summary Judgment for Health Care Client in Federal Trademark Infringement Suit

Secured summary judgment on behalf of the defendant, one of the largest non-profit hospital systems in the country, in a trademark infringement suit in federal court.  The successful defense ensured the continued use of a naming convention impacting more than 25 health care delivery locations across the Midwest.

Copyright Infringement Lawsuit for Gaming Client

Armstrong Teasdale is representing an international gaming client in a copyright infringement lawsuit against a competitor in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The complaint alleges the competitor stole and duplicated the client’s copyrighted gambling handbook from a New Jersey racetrack. In some instances, the competitor even forgot to remove the client’s name when duplicating the infringing handbook.

Successfully Opposed Competitor’s Trademarks

Successfully petitioned the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on behalf of a client to cancel a competitor's trademark and sustained its opposition to three other trademark filings filed by the same competitor. Our client alleged that the competitor’s four marks related to feminine hygiene products were merely descriptive, lacked acquired distinctiveness and were generic.

Trademark Dispute for Health Care Client over Domain Name

Resolved a dispute for a health care client involving website domain names that were infringing the client’s trademarks through successful Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) complaints established by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center. The panel appointed by WIPO ordered that the infringing domain name be transferred to the client.

Trademark Enforcement for Multinational Consumer Products Company

Successfully opposed a trademark application for a Fortune 500 multinational consumer products company involving a competitor’s mark used to market toilet paper, which bore confusing similarities to the client’s mark. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board found that the identical nature of the goods in question and the similarities between the two marks would likely result in confusion, and refused the competitor’s application.