Judge Ices Pinkberry's Suit Over Japanese Trademark

Law360, New York (December 7, 2011, 8:43 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday tossed Pinkberry Inc.'s suit against companies that registered the Japanese trademark for "Pinkberry," saying the frozen yogurt chain's claims were not linked closely enough to American foreign commerce for the Lanham Act to be applied outside the U.S.

Defendants JEC International Corp. and Snola Inc., which also sell frozen yogurt, registered the “Pinkberry” trademark in Japan in August 2006. The defendants attempted to sell the trademark to Pinkberry, which refused, initiated cancellation proceedings with the Japan Patent Office and filed...
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