Indianapolis, IN – Trademark lawyers for Choice Hotels International Inc. of Silver Spring, Maryland filed a trademark infringement suit in the Southern District of Indianaalleging Shreya Pravin LLC, of Lebanon, Indiana, Vina Investments, LLC of Valrico, Florida, Riddhi, LLC of Corona, California, Sunil R. Patel of California and Shirish Patel of California have infringed trademark registration no. 1,050,372 for the mark QUALITY, which has been registered with the US Trademark Office.
Choice is a hotel franchise company that owns the numerous trademarks at issue in this suit. According to the complaint, Shreya Pravin LLC entered a franchise agreement to operate Choice franchise in Lebanon, Indiana. As part of the franchise agreement, Pravin was granted license to use the Quality mark on various items including: signs, stationary, lobby displays, and items in the hotel rooms. In June 2008, Choice sent Pravin a notice of default claiming Pravin had not paid franchise fees due under the contract. In August 2008, Choice sent Pravin a letter terminating the franchise agreement due to continued breach of the contract. The letter demanded that Pravin immediately take down and cease to use all of the items bearing the Quality trademarks. The complaint alleges that in May 2011, Pravin continued to use the Quality mark on its sign. Choice’s trademark attorneys have made claims of federal and Indiana trademark infringement, false designation of origin, and unfair competition and are seeking damages, injunction, punitive damages, costs and attorney fees.
Practice Tip: When a franchise agreement terminates, typically the franchisee must promptly cease using and return all signs and other equipment containing trademarks. Failure to do so may result in a lawsuit for breach of contract as well as trademark infringement
Further Information about the case is as follows:
Filed: August 11, 2011 as 1:2011cv01100 Updated: August 17, 2011 06:36:31
Plaintiff: CHOICE HOTELS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Defendants: RIDDHI, LLC, SHIRISH PATEL, SHREYA PRAVIN, LLC, SUNIL R. PATEL and VINA INVESTMENTS, LLC
Presiding Judge: Jane Magnus-Stinson
Referring Judge: Tim A. Baker
Cause Of Action: Trademark Infringement