High Court Trademark Case May Spur Patent, Copyright Battles

Law360, New York (June 26, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Supreme Court case over whether an accused infringer can challenge the validity of a trademark after a plaintiff agrees not to sue has the potential expand the right to contest the validity of patents and copyrights as well, attorneys said.

The high court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal by shoemaker Yums LLC, which is challenging a ruling that the federal courts lost jurisdiction to hear its counterclaim that a trademark owned by Nike Inc. is invalid after Nike dismissed its infringement suit...
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