Michael Best IP Team Leads Custom Dynamics to a Trademark Infringement Win

Michael Best secured a $325,000 judgement and permanent injunction on behalf of their client, Custom Dynamics LLC, against Lite Cycle for trademark infringement of their products. Custom Dynamics is a seller of LED lighting and other electronic equipment for motorcycles. A former distributor of Custom Dynamics, operating under the name Lite Cycle, was found to … Continue reading Michael Best IP Team Leads Custom Dynamics to a Trademark Infringement Win

The Benefits of Federal Trademark Registration

"If I can get a trademark just by using my mark to sell things, why should I register it?" We get this question a lot. It's a great question. Traditional answers include how having a federal trademark registration gives you nationwide rights, and how it can provide benefits in litigation. As times have changed, however, another … Continue reading The Benefits of Federal Trademark Registration

Stop Using My Mark, Said Dr. Seuss. Not So Fast, Said the Court – it is a Fair Use

As soon as Halloween passes, it seems, Dr. Seuss’ Grinch starts to appear, trying to steal Christmas. There’s the classic TV cartoon version, the movie version starring Jim Carrey, the Broadway musical version, and for 2018, another animated movie version, this one featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the Grinch. A Grinch story of … Continue reading Stop Using My Mark, Said Dr. Seuss. Not So Fast, Said the Court – it is a Fair Use

A Sketchy Federal Circuit Holding on a Converse Trade Dress ITC Proceeding

In 2013, the USPTO issued U.S Trademark Registration 4,398,753 to Nike subsidiary Converse, Inc. The registration covered the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star midsole stripes, toe cap, and multilayered toe bumper featuring diamonds and line patterns, which Converse claims to have been selling since 1946.  In October 2014, Converse filed a complaint with the ITC … Continue reading A Sketchy Federal Circuit Holding on a Converse Trade Dress ITC Proceeding