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Declaratory Judgment Suit Over ROHAN Trademark

By Ralph A. Dengler and Luis J. Diaz, Gibbons

D'Artagnan Trademarks LLC, ("DT") recently sued the Saul Zaentz Company ("SZ") in the District of New Jersey regarding the trademark ROHAN. In December 2011, DT filed a trademark application for ROHAN in connection with the sale of poultry, namely, duck. The PTO approved the application and SZ opposed its registration when it published for opposition in late March. SZ alleged that it has exclusive rights to certain trademarks (the "Marks") derived from the trilogy of books known as "The Lord of the Rings," by J.R.R. Tolkien. Readers might recall that in the books, "Rohan" is a fictional realm within the fantasy world of the stories. SZ alleges it owns federal trademark registrations for ROHAN, RIDERS OF ROHAN and ROHAN NUTRITION, relating to animal feed and feed supplements for horses, plastic figurines for use with table top hobby battle games, and website services about computer games. SZ has a number of licensees using these marks.

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We Produced Privileged Documents; Now What?

By Andrew P. MacArthur, Gibbons

The production of a party's privileged documents is every lawyer's--and client's--worst nightmare because it provides additional facts (and avenues for discovery) as well as legal analysis of those facts that may not have existed. In layman's terms, it is a game changer. A recent decision plays out this very scenario and shows that despite the production of privileged documents, they can be salvaged if the producing party acted properly before and after the disclosure.

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Trademark Parody? Ben & Jerry's Doesn't Think It's So Funny ....

By Owen J. McKeon and Ralph A. Dengler, Gibbons

Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc. ("Ben & Jerry's"), the Vermont-based ice cream maker, recently filed a lawsuit in SDNY against adult video company Rodax Distributors, Inc. d/b/a Caballero Video, et al ("Defendants"). The complaint alleged trademark and trade dress dilution and infringement, and related claims arising from Defendants' production and distribution of a series of hardcore pornographic DVDs whose titles and packaging play upon the names and trade dress of some of Ben & Jerry's federally registered and famous marks.

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Akamai and McKesson: Inducement Liability for Infringement by Multiple Actors

By Ralph A. Dengler and Thomas J. Bean, Gibbons

In August, we reported that a decision in the en banc Federal Circuit rehearings of Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., 629 F.3d 1311 (Fed. Cir. 2010) and McKesson Techs. Inc. v. Epic Sys. Corp., 98 U.S.P.Q.2d 1281 (Fed. Cir. 2011) appeared to be imminent. As predicted, on August 31, 2012, the Federal Circuit issued an en banc, per curiam opinion deciding both cases.

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Yums v. Nike Update -- Two Amicus Curiae Briefs Filed: One Arguing Vacatur and Remand and the Second in Support of Yums

By Catherine M. Clayton, Gibbons

In a prior blog, we reported that Petitioner Already, LLC d/b/a Yums ("Yums") filed its opening brief with the Supreme Court, arguing that a trademark registrant's post-suit covenant not to sue does not divest a Federal District Court of standing to review a challenge to the validity of the underlying trademark registration.

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