Nike Trounces Clothing Co.'s IP Suit By Showing First Use

Law360, New York (May 25, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT) -- Nike Inc. on Thursday beat allegations it infringed a clothing company's trademarks by using them in a promotion for the U.S. men's soccer team after a California federal judge found that Nike had first used the disputed slogan and that the marks were therefore invalid.

U.S. District Judge William Q. Hayes granted Nike's motion for summary judgment ending Bauer Bros. LLC's suit accusing the sports apparel powerhouse of copying the “Don't Tread On Me” and "DTOM" trademarks used in its apparel line, saying Bauer had not...
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