Texas Firm With Same Initials Didn't Infringe TM, Judge Rules

Law360 (February 7, 2018, 9:55 PM EST) -- A Texas personal injury law firm can’t stop lawyers with the same initials as its partners from using the initials in their marketing materials, according to a ruling in a state court case over whether using initials creates a valid common-law trademark in the Lone Star State.

Judge Robert Schaffer signed off Feb. 3 on an order granting summary judgment to Paranjpe & Mahadass LLP, a personal injury firm that had been using its attorneys’ initials in marketing materials, finding that fellow “P” and “M” initial-holders couldn’t bar the duo from using the first letters of their last name in their...

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