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Trademark Disputes and Litigation: Case Studies and Legal Strategies

By: Barry Chase
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Trademark Disputes and Litigation: Case Studies and Legal Strategies

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Trademark registration typically lasts around ten years but can vary by country. Owners can renew trademarks indefinitely by paying fees. These are private rights, and enforcement is through court orders

Trademarks are critical assets for businesses. A trademark is a symbol, word, or phrase that identifies and distinguishes a business’s goods or services from those of others in the marketplace. A trademark is the face of the business, and it plays a crucial role in creating a brand identity. As a result, trademark disputes can have a significant impact on a company’s reputation and bottom line.

Trademark disputes arise when two parties have a similar or identical mark or when there is confusion in the marketplace. These disputes can be costly and time-consuming, and they can result in significant financial losses for businesses. However, with the help of experienced trademark attorneys, businesses can successfully navigate these disputes.

In this blog post, we will discuss some trademark dispute case studies and the legal strategies that businesses can use to protect their trademarks.

Case Study 1: Nike vs. Already

In 2012, Nike sued Already, LLC, a small sneaker company, for trademark infringement. Nike alleged that Already’s “Sugarskull” sneaker infringed on Nike’s “Air Force 1” trademark. Already counter-sued, claiming that Nike’s trademark was invalid. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the Court ruled in favor of Already, stating that Nike’s trademark was invalid.

This case is an excellent example of the importance of conducting thorough trademark searches before applying for a trademark. It also demonstrates the need for businesses to protect their trademarks aggressively, as the validity of the mark can be challenged in court.

Legal Strategy: Conduct a comprehensive trademark search before applying for a trademark. If a dispute arises, work with experienced trademark attorneys to protect the trademark and vigorously defend against any challenges to its validity.

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Case Study 2: Chanel vs. World Touch Group

In 2018, Chanel sued World Touch Group, a Chinese company, for trademark infringement. Chanel claimed that World Touch Group’s use of the Chanel logo on its products infringed on Chanel’s trademark. The case was significant because it was one of the first times a foreign company won a trademark infringement lawsuit in China.

This case highlights the importance of protecting trademarks globally, as trademarks are territorial rights. It also shows the need for businesses to take swift legal action when they suspect trademark infringement.

Legal Strategy: Register trademarks in all relevant territories and take immediate legal action when a trademark infringement is suspected. Work with experienced trademark attorneys who have expertise in navigating international trademark law.

Case Study 3: Trader Joe’s vs. Pirate Joe’s

In 2013, Trader Joe’s sued Pirate Joe’s, a Canadian grocery store, for trademark infringement. Pirate Joe’s was importing and selling Trader Joe’s products in Canada, despite the fact that Trader Joe’s did not have any stores in Canada. The case was settled out of court, with Pirate Joe’s agreeing to stop using Trader Joe’s trademarks.

This case demonstrates the need for businesses to protect their trademarks against third-party infringement, even in jurisdictions where they do not operate. It also shows the importance of monitoring the marketplace for potential trademark infringement.

Legal Strategy: Work with experienced trademark attorneys to monitor the marketplace for potential trademark infringement and take legal action to protect trademarks against third-party infringement.

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Trademark disputes can be costly and time-consuming, but they are a fact of business life. With the help of experienced trademark attorneys, businesses can navigate these disputes successfully and protect their trademarks. By conducting comprehensive trademark searches, registering trademarks globally, and monitoring the marketplace, businesses can reduce the risk of trademark disputes and protect their valuable assets.


  • Trademarks are essential for businesses as they identify and distinguish their products or services, shaping their brand identity.
  • Trademark Disputes arise when there is similarity or confusion between trademarks, potentially leading to significant financial losses and damage to a company’s reputation.
  • Experienced trademark attorneys can help navigate trademark disputes effectively.
  • Case Study 1 – Nike vs. Already: Nike sued a small sneaker company, Already, LLC, for trademark infringement, but the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Already, emphasizing the need for thorough trademark searches and aggressive trademark protection.
  • Legal Strategy – Case Study 1: Conduct comprehensive trademark searches and work with experienced attorneys to protect trademarks and defend their validity.
  • Case Study 2 – Chanel vs. World Touch Group: Chanel sued a Chinese company, World Touch Group, for trademark infringement, highlighting the importance of global trademark protection and swift legal action.
  • Legal Strategy – Case Study 2: Register trademarks in relevant territories and take immediate legal action when infringement is suspected, with expert guidance in international trademark law.
  • Case Study 3 – Trader Joe’s vs. Pirate Joe’s: Trader Joe’s sued Pirate Joe’s, a Canadian store, for trademark infringement, showcasing the need to protect trademarks, even internationally, and monitor the marketplace for infringements.
  • Legal Strategy – Case Study 3: Collaborate with experienced trademark attorneys to monitor and protect trademarks against third-party infringements.

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Barry Chase

Barry Chase, Esq., Senior Partner at ChaseLawyers®, is a distinguished figure in the realm of sports and entertainment law, offering Harvard-level representation that is both cost-sensitive and exceptional. An honors graduate of Yale College (Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School, Chase's illustrious career commenced at a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm, now known as Wilmer Hale. Here, he honed his expertise in Communications and First Amendment law, representing media titans such as CBS, the Times-Mirror Company, and Time, Inc. in pivotal Federal Communications Commission (FCC) matters.

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