Dropbox Can't Pause Suit Pending Trademark Board Appeal

By Scott Flaherty (August 10, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge held Friday that online storage provider Dropbox Inc. couldn't delay a trademark infringement and unfair competition suit until the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled on the disputed trademark, saying the USPTO proceedings wouldn't resolve all the suit's allegations.

Denying a Dropbox motion to stay, U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay said the suit, brought by Officeware Corp., makes a host of claims — including infringement of common law design rights, unfair competition, state trademark dilution and unjust enrichment — that would not be addressed in an administrative proceeding in front of the USPTO Trademark Trial and...

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