IP Attorney Can’t Claim His Own Name

Law360, New York (June 15, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a case that may sound like every intellectual property attorney’s wildest dream, M. Kelly Tillery of Pepper Hamilton sued for trademark protection—of his own name.

Tillery alleged that his former firm could not continue to use the Internet domain name leonardtillery.com. He said it was a violation of federal and state competition and trademark law and unfair competition to use his name when he was no longer associated with the firm.

A judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania didn’t agree.

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