Indianapolis, Indiana – Attorneys for Plaintiff, Wyliepalooza Ice Cream Emporium, LLC (“Wyliepalooza”) of Indianapolis, Indiana, filed suit in the Southern District of Indiana alleging that Defendants, B.A.M. Sweets, LLC d/b/a Wylie’s of Brownsburg, Indiana, Amanda R. Johnson, and Stephen B. Johnson infringed multiple common law trademarks utilized by Wyliepalooza. Wyliepalooza is seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions, profits, actual damages, costs and attorney’s fees, investigatory fees, and any further relief the court deems appropriate.Untitled

According to the Complaint, Wyliepalooza opened its ice cream shops in Indianapolis in 2013 and began operating its ice cream truck in Indianapolis since May 2014. Wyliepalooza claims its common law trademarks include “WYLIE, WYLIEPALOOZA, WYLIEPALOOZA ICE CREAM EMPORIUM and WYLIEPALOOZA ICE CREAM TRUCK” (collectively, the “Wyliepalooza Trademarks”). Wyliepalooza claims its trademarks are immediately identifying within Indianapolis as it has utilized the Wyliepalooza Trademarks throughout the area to advertise and promote its goods and services.

Wyliepalooza claims Defendants, Amanda Johnson and Stephen Johnson (the “Johnsons”), entered into an asset purchase agreement for Wyliepalooza’s ice cream shop in Brownsburg, Indiana in December 2016. With this agreement, Wyliepalooza alleges the assets sold to the Johnsons did not include the Wyliepalooza Trademarks, but gave them a limited right to use “Wyliepalooza Ice Cream Emporium Brownsburg” at that specific location. Wyliepalooza further claims that the agreement had a clause giving Wyliepalooza the right to revoke the limited use of the name if the Brownsburg location received twenty bad reviews in one quarter or the Johnsons operated the business not within the spirit of the Wyliepalooza business model. According to the Complaint, the agreement was intended to be paid off within three years at which time the Johnsons would change the name of the location to “BAM Sweets.”

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The United States Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Mission Product Holdings, Inc. (“Mission”)BlogPhoto versus Tempnology, LLC. The original case involved a trademark licensing agreement and whether the Tempnology’s rejection of the agreement during its bankruptcy deprived Mission’s right to use the trademark under the agreement. Justice Kagan delivered the opinion.

Tempnology utilized the brand name “Coolcore” for its manufactured clothing designed to stay cool during exercise. Mission and Tempnology entered into a non-exclusive licensing agreement for Mission to use the Coolcore trademarks anywhere in the world in 2012. While the agreement would have expired in July 2016, Tempnology filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2015. Soon after, Tempnology asked for permission to “reject” the licensing agreement it had with Mission under Section 365(a). 11 U.S.C. § 365(a). Pursuant to Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code, a debtor may reject any contract that neither party has finished performing. That rejection under Section 365 “constitutes a breach of such contract.” 11 U.S.C. § 365(a).

Both parties agreed that Mission has a claim for damages against Tempnology, however, under 365(g), Mission would be in the same boat as an unsecured creditor and would likely not receive its total damages. Tempnology also believed by rejecting the licensing agreement, Mission would no longer be able to utilize the Coolcore trademarks.

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This case, originally filed by Barrington Music Products, Inc. in the Northern District of Indiana, was brought on appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. After the Northern District awarded Barrington a mere $3,228.00 in damages, Barrington filed aVento-photo-300x120 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e) motion asking the court to amend the damages awarded to $4,947,200.00. The Northern District denied the 59(e) motion and the Court of Appeals affirmed.

Barrington’s attorney, Sean Quinn, frequently appears before the Northern District of Indiana for intellectual property infringement litigation cases such as this one. In this case, Guitar Center, Music & Arts, and Woodwind were each named as separate defendants. The jury found the sales by Guitar Center Ventus-Photo2were the only infringing sales and awarded the $3,228.00 accordingly.

After the case concluded, Barrington claims it discovered Music & Arts and Woodwind were divisions of Guitar Center and not distinct and separate entities. The Court of Appeals found that the judgment was rationally supported by the evidence and that there is no reason to conclude that the damages awarded would have been different had Guitar Center been the sole defendant. In support of this finding, the Court of Appeals pointed out that the original damages were awarded because the jury did not find that Music & Arts and Woodwind infringed on the “Ventus” mark.

Indianapolis, Indiana – Attorneys for Plaintiffs, Broadcast Music, Inc. of New York, New York, UniversalBMI2 Millhouse Music, Combine Music Corp., Rondor Music International, Inc. d/b/a Irving Music, Dandelion Music Co., Groper Music, Rhythm Wrangler Music, Songs of Universal, Inc., Get Loose Music, Inc., Tremonti Stapp Music, Reservoir Media Management Inc. d/b/a Reservoir 416 a/k/a Reservoir One America, Barbara Nicks Music, and Concord Music Group, Inc. d/b/a Jondora Music filed suit in the Southern District of Indiana alleging that Defendants, Dman Incorporated d/b/a The Grove Sports Bar & Eatery, James D. Pettigrew, and Deann Hensley all of Beech Grove, Indiana infringed its rights in many United States Copyright Registrations of musical compositions as stated below.

Musical Composition

Registration and Date of Registration
Beat It PAu 456-334, PA 158-771, November 16, 1982, December 27, 1982
Don’t Tell My Heart a/k/a Achy Breaky Heart PA 534-864, July 29, 1991
Me and Bobby McGee Ep 260746, July 18, 1969
Seven Bridges Road Eu 106284, PA 104-190, March 21, 1969, April 13, 1981
She’s Some Kind of Wonderful a/k/a Some Kind of Wonderful Ep 232189, June 5, 1967
Trashy Women PAu 1 150 124, October 17, 1988
What’s Your Name Eu 853395, PA 13-433, December 7, 1977, July 3, 1978
My Own Prison PA 966-903, October 4, 1999
Silver Springs RE 905-601, Eu 713078, December 10, 2004, August 31, 1976
Proud Mary EU 91333, Ep 260526, December 27, 1968, July 11, 1969
Paradise Eu 785460, PA 13-430, May 13, 1977, September 18, 1978

Plaintiffs are seeking statutory damages, cost, attorneys’ fees, and any other relief the Court deems appropriate.

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The U.S. Patent Office issued the following 197 patent registrations to persons and businesses in Indiana in May 2019, based on applications filed by Indiana patent attorneys:

Overhauser Law Offices, the publisher of this site, assists with US and foreign patent searches, patent applications and assists with enforcing patents via infringement litigation and licensing.

Patent No. Title
1 RE047403 Calibration of sensors or measuring systems
2 D0849690 Electrical connector housing
3 D0849599 Truck dump body
4 D0849458 Merchandising display
5 D0849423 Recognition award

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The U.S. Trademark Office issued the following  222 trademark registrations to persons and businesses in Indiana in May 2019 based on applications filed by Indiana trademark attorneys:

Registration No. Word Mark
5766181 GOSPEL STORY-ARC
5763604 VET UP!
5763172
5763170 WISHBONE
5762999 THE INVITATION

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Hammond, Indiana – Attorneys for Plaintiff, New Berry, Inc., d/b/a Berry Metal Company (“New Berry”) of Harmony, Pennsylvania filed suit in the Northern District of Indiana alleging that Defendants, Todd G. Smith (“Smith”) of Grove City, Pennsylvania, and Allan J. MacRae (“MacRae”), and MacRae Technologies, Inc. blogphoto-194x300(“MacRae Technologies”), both of Hayward, California, infringed its rights in United States Patent No. 10,222,124 (the “‘124 Patent”) for “Stave with External Manifold” and United States Patent No. 9,121,076 (the “‘076 Patent”) for “Stave and Brick Constrictions Having Refactory Wear Monitors and in Process Thermocouples.” New Berry is seeking actual, compensatory, exemplary, and punitive damages, pre and post judgment interest, and attorneys’ fees.

According to the complaint, New Berry is the owner and assignee of both the ‘124 Patent, which was filed February 1, 2013 and issued on March 5, 2019, and the ‘076 Patent, which issued on September 1, 2015. New Berry claims that Smith signed an Employment Agreement with New Berry in 1996, which among other things assigned all of Smith’s inventions during his employment to New Berry and prohibited Smith from using or disclosing any trade secrets that pertain to New Berry’s products and services. Smith is listed as the inventor of the ‘124 Patent and a co-inventor of the ‘076 Patent.

New Berry claims that Smith, who left New Berry in 2015, is collaborating with MacRae and MacRae Technologies and has shared New Berry’s trade secrets with them. MacRae filed a patent application November 16, 2017 that issued as U.S. Patent No. 9,963,754 (the “’754 Patent”) on May 8, 2018. The complaint alleges MacRae assigned the ‘754 Patent to MacRae Technologies on March 6, 2019. New Berry claims that the “‘124 Patent reads on the staves comprising center manifold technology described and claimed in the ‘754 Patent.”

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Judges in the Indiana Court of Appeals issued their Opinion in the case of Neptune Generics, LLC, and Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC (collectively Lilly-v-Adocia-photo-300x170“Petitioners”) versus Eli Lilly and Company. The Patent Trial and Appeals Board (the “Board”) previously held in its inter partes review (“IPR”) that claims 1-22 of Eli Lilly’s U.S. Patent No. 7,772,209 (the “’209 Patent”) were not unpatentable for obviousness. The Court of Appeals held the Board did not err in its analysis, that substantial evidence supported underlying fact findings and therefore the Board’s decision was affirmed.

The ‘209 Patent “relates to administering folic acid and a methylmalonic acid (“MMA”) lowering agent, such as vitamin B12, before administering pemetrexed disodium, a chemotherapy agent, in order to reduce the toxic effects of a pemetrexed, an antifolate.” There were three petitions for IPR relating to the ‘209 Patent for obviousness over various patents, patent applications, and articles. In each IPR, the Board found that the claims were not unpatentable for obviousness.

According to the Opinion, the Board found that it was known that pretreatment with folic acid reduces the toxicity relating to the administration of an antifolate, but there was not a reason to pretreat with Vitamin B12 in addition to folic acid before administering pemetrexed for cancer treatment. Further, the FDA, along with others, were skeptical of the treatment that supported their decision for nonobviousness.

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Indianapolis, Indiana – Attorneys for Plaintiff, Trade Design Studio LLC (“TDS”) of Indianapolis,Photo2 Indiana filed suit in the Southern District of Indiana alleging that Defendants, 1824 Carrollton LLC of Fishers, Indiana, T.A.K.E 3 Investments LLC of Camby, Indiana, and Tena Allen of Camby, Indiana, infringed its rights in United States Copyright Registration No. VA 2-142-029. Plaintiff is seeking judgment, damages, reasonable attorney’s fees, and any other appropriate relief.

According to the complaint, TDS is a residential architectural design firm that has designed homes for clients primarily in Herron Morton Place, Fall Creek Place, and Kennedy King neighborhoods in downtown Indianapolis since 2006. TDS claims that no two of its homes are exactly alike. TDS alleges it drafted technical drawings (the “Technical Drawings”) for a new home to be built at 2134 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, Indiana in 2017 (the “TDS Home”). According to TDS, the home was completed in April 2018 and sold for $700,000 in May 2018.

After the home sold, TDS applied for Certificates of Copyright Registration for the Technical Drawings, Registration No. VAu 1-350-598, and the Architectural Work, Registration No. VA 2-142-029. TDS claims they were informed of a home being built at 1824 Carrollton Avenue (the “Carrollton Home”) in the Kennedy King Neighborhood that was very similar to the TDS Home around February 28, 2019. Once TDS accessed and reviewed the construction permits and drawings for the Carrollton Home, it claims they were virtually identical to those for the TDS Home.

According to the publicly accessible information TDS found, it believes Tena Allen and T.A.K.E. 3 Investments applied for the construction permits and submitted the technical drawings for the Carrollton Home. Further, TDS believes 1824 Carrollton LLC is the current owner of the property for the Carrollton Home. TDS alleges it sent Defendants a cease and desist letter on March 28, 2019 and after a short suspension of construction to explore negotiations, Defendants resumed construction on or about April 8, 2019.

TDS is seeking damages for copyright infringement, conversion, and criminal conversion pursuant to the Indiana Crime Victims Recovery Act.

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Judge Cale J. Bradford of the Indiana Court of Appeals issued the Opinion in the case of Heraeus Medical, LLC, Devin Childers, Robert Kolbe (“Kolbe”), James “Worth” Burns, Paul Cruz, and Kyle Kolbe (collectively “Appellants-Defendants”) versus Zimmer, Inc., d/b/a Zimmer Biomet, and Zimmer US, Inc. (collectively “Appellees-Plaintiffs”). The Appellants-Defendants appealed a preliminary injunction issued by the trial court in which Kolbe was ordered to abide by his non-compete and non-solicitation agreement with Zimmer and Heraeus MedicalHeraeus-BlogPhoto-204x300 was ordered to not disclose or use confidential information received from Heraeus GmbH or employ or engage the individual Appellants-Defendants. The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded the case with further instructions.

Zimmer Surgical, a subsidiary of Zimmer, Inc. entered into a Distribution Agreement with Heraeus Medical GmbH in January 2012 pursuant to which Heraeus Medical GmbH granted to Zimmer Surgical an exclusive license to distribute, promote, market, and sell specific bone cements (“Palacos”) it manufactured. Zimmer has since allegedly developed its own line of bone cement. On January 3, 2018, within the final year of the initial term of the Distribution Agreement, Heraeus Medical GmbH elected to make the Distribution Agreement non-exclusive for the final year. Heraeus Medical GmbH had, by that point, set up a direct sales force through Heraeus Medical, LLC, which had hired several former Zimmer Biomet employees including the individual Appellants-Defendants in this case.

Appellees-Plaintiffs filed their complaint against the Appellants-Defendants on February 23, 2018 for “(1) breach of contract against the individual defendants; (2) tortious interference with contracts against Heraeus; and (3) and tortious interference with business relationships, civil conspiracy, and unfair competition against all defendants.” Preliminary injunctions to stop violations of the individual non-compete and non-solicitation agreements were also sought at that time.

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