Ex-Lufkin Employee Loses Fight Over His First Name

Law360, New York (February 3, 2011, 6:56 PM EST) -- A federal judge has ruled that a former Lufkin Industries Inc. employee does not have trademark rights to his first name in a dispute with the energy company and Andrews Kurth LLP over the rights to two well technology patents.

Judge Harry Lee Hudspeth of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas granted Lufkin's motion for partial summary judgment on Tuesday, saying Sam Gibbs did not provide enough evidence that Lufkin's products sold under the SAM mark infringed his identity.

“Gibbs has failed...
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