Sony, UK Band Claim Rights To 'One Direction' Mark

Law360, New York (June 22, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT) -- Sony Music Entertainment and the members of British boy band One Direction hit an identically named U.S. act with counterclaims in California federal court on Thursday, arguing they are the rightful owners of the One Direction trademark and have been utilizing it worldwide.

The California-based One Direction LLC first lodged its trademark suit in April, seeking damages in excess of $1 million from the U.K.-based One Direction, alleging they have been using the mark since 2009, while the British band adopted the mark only after they...
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