Glendale, CA – Trademark attorneys file trademark infringement and Lanham Act 43(a) unfair competition lawsuit to protect Nike, Inc.’s footwear and shoe related trademarks in Los Angeles Federal District Court. Nike has registered numerous trademarks with the USPTO for footwear and clothing. The complaint states that “Nike uses these trademarks on shoes and apparel as trademarks of Nike’s high quality products. Nike sells in excess of $4,500,000,000 a year in merchandise bearing distinctive trademarks.”
Nike alleges that the two defendants own and transact business on the www.airjordanstore.com and www.air-jordan-store.com websites. Upon determination that the products sold by the defendants were allegedly unlicensed and counterfeit products, Nike filed the lawsuit to “combat the willful sale of unlicensed and counterfeit products (“Infringing Product”), specifically including its core product of sports shoes, bearing Nike’s exclusive trademarks.” The complaint asserts the following causes of action: (1) Trademark infringement 15 U.S.C. § 1114 and 15 U.S.C. § 1125; (2) Unfair competition under section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1125(a); (3) Lanham Act dilution of famous trademark under 15 U.S.C. § 1125(c); (4) Unfair competition under Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 ; and, (5) Dilution California law Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 14330. The case is titled Nike, Inc. v. Michael Masjuan, et al., CV08-01889 JFW (C.D. California).