2nd Circ. Nixes Ban On Designer Using Own Name

Law360, New York (June 10, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has vacated a decision that barred fashion designer Joseph Abboud, who sold his trademark to a company he founded and later left in 2005, from using his name commercially to market his new clothing line.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday determined that the district court should have deemed a $65.5 million agreement — in which Abboud sold JA Apparel Corp. the rights to all names, trademarks and logos containing the words “Joseph Abboud” — ambiguous and...
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