Indianapolis, Indiana The American Automobile Association, Inc. (“AAA”), the Plaintiff, is a not-for-profit, non-stock Connecticut Corporation. AAA provides approximately 60 million members with products and services throughout the United States and Canada. The products and services include automobile repair services at its AAA Car Care Centers and through AAA Approved auto repair businesses, financial advice, insurance and warranty coverage, and discounts. AAA provides its products and services through local AAA member clubs, including AAA Hoosier Motor Club.  Since as early as 1902, AAA has uses more than 150 trademarks in connection with automobile-related products and services offered to its members.

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Peoplelink-LogoSouth Bend, Indiana – Attorneys for Plaintiff, Peoplelink, LLC (“Peoplelink”), a Delaware Corporation, filed suit in the  Northern District of Indiana alleging that Defendant, Kelly Boutell, a former employee of Peoplelink, infringed their rights under the  Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1832, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) 18 U.S.C. § 1030 and committed Breach of Contract.

According to the Complaint, Boutell was employed by Peoplelink for over 20 years in various roles such as Certified Sales Trainer, Vice President of Fulfillment, and Senior Regional Vice President. Boutell was one of two Certified Sales Trainers. She conducted two-to-three annual sales training sessions for all of Peoplink business entities and functioned informally as a sales leader for Peoplelink’s entire footprint.

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Omi-300x300Merrillville, Indiana – Plaintiff, NuStar Enterprises LLC (“NuStar”), is a clothing and apparel company that markets and sells clothing and apparel and related accessories.  NuStar was granted a registration for its mark RELOADED® under Registration No. 6,376,399 with the USPTO on June 8, 2021 alleging they began using the mark as early as September 2016.  Plaintiff also owns state trademarks for the same mark in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

According to the Complaint, NuStar learned that Bill Omar Carrasquillo, a rapper and YouTube celebrity known as “Omi in a Hellcat,” intended to start an apparel company under the brand name RELOADED.  NuStar sought to work out a licensing arrangement with Mr. Carrasquillo’s agent.  These efforts fell apart in late 2019.

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Otisco, IndianaDesign Tascono, Inc. the Plaintiff claims to have numerous copyright registrations for its unique statue designs, 5 of which are at issue in this case (“Tascono Works”).

According to the Complaint, Design Tascono is the owner of numerous copyrights for various decorative pieces, including wall sculptures. Design Tascono sells these pieces through various means, including its website, catalog, previously through SkyMall magazine, as well as through various authorized on-line retailers and through its network of North American brick-and-mortar distributors and retailers.

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The U.S. Patent Office issued the following 210 patent registrations to persons and businesses in Indiana in May 2022, based on applications filed by Indiana patent attorneys:

Patent No. Title
D953,493 Faucet
D953,488 Faucet
D953,180 Differential pressure transmitter
D953,143 Pull
D953,142 Pull

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The U.S. Trademark Office issued the following 175 trademark registrations to persons and businesses in Indiana in May 2022 based on applications filed by Indiana trademark attorneys:

Reg. Number                        Word Mark
6739475 NACTEL
6724917 KAIZER WOLF
6724856 INNOCENT DEVIL’S HAREM
6718831 DYECRAFT
6721771 MUNSTER ANIMAL HOSPITAL

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Guilford, Indiana – Plaintiff Tara Mapes is a well-known photographer specializing in fashion and fine art photography.  She also sells digital backgrounds for photographers through an Etsy store called Enchanted Eye Creations by Tara Mapes. The limitations on the license under which she sells the digital backgrounds on her Etsy store is listed in numerous locations.

Mapes created the picture “Santa with Magic Snow Globe” and applied for a Copyright Registration with the United States Copyright Office.  She was granted registration on December 17, 2018.

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verve537046_10150703102787760_1507165870_nTerre Haute, Indiana – Plaintiffs, Broadcast Music Inc. (“BMI”), Peer Music III LTD, Universal – Songs of Polygram International, Inc., Songs of Universal, Inc., EMI Consortium Songs, Inc. d/b/a EMI Longitude Music, Fourteenth Hour Music, Inc., Springtime Music, Inc., EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. Sony/ATV Songs LLC, and Fall out Boy Inc. d/b/a Chicago X Softcore Songs have allegedly contacted Warehouse L.L.C. d/b/a The Verve over 60 times since March 2018 to discuss their obligations under the Copyright Act without success.

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The U.S. Patent Office issued the following 162 patent registrations to persons and businesses in Indiana in April 2022

Patent No. Title
D950,163 Clip for a door assembly of an animal enclosure
D950,162 Clip for a door assembly of an animal enclosure
D950,020 Faucet handle
D950,018 Faucet
D949,798 Connector

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The U.S. Trademark Office issued the following 119 trademark registrations to persons businesses in Indiana in April 2022 Base on applications filed by Indiana trademark attorneys:

Reg. Number                                                         Mark
6707506 AAD INTERNATIONAL FELLOW AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY EXCELLENCE IN DERMATOLOGY
6714661 GOLD TOP MUSIC GROUP
6714822 INCLUSION
6714801 NOBLESVILLE SCHOOLS
6712812 INSPIRING A LIFE WELL LIVED

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