Judge Dices Claims In Benihana Trademark Battle

Law360, New York (December 14, 2011, 7:16 PM EST) -- A Delaware federal judge on Tuesday trimmed foreign trademark claims and a breach of contract claim from a lawsuit over the rights to the Benihana restaurant name brought by Benihana of Tokyo Inc. against Benihana Inc.

BOT launched the suit in December 2010, after BI and its subsidiary Noodle Time Inc. filed a registration application with the World Intellectual Property Organization seeking protection for the Benihana trademark in Iceland, Iran, Monaco, Singapore, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia and Cuba.

The lawsuit claims that by seeking a trademark registration...
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