Indianapolis, Indiana – Apparently Sayre Berman (“Berman”), the Plaintiff, creates photographic images, which she licenses for various uses including online and print publications. Berman claims she took a photograph of Ray Luzier (the “Photograph”) on March 25, 2019 and registered that photograph with the U.S. Copyright Office under Registration No. VA 2-145-705.


According to the Complaint, Berman observed a copy of the Photograph on Auralex Acoustics, Inc.’s (“Auralex”) website on July 13, 2021. Auralex, the Defendant, apparently also uploaded the Photograph to its Instagram and Facebook accounts. Berman claims because the Photograph was copied, stored, and displayed without license or permission, Auralex infringed on her copyrights. Further, the infringing posts each apparently included a URL “for a fixed tangible medium of expression that was sufficiently permanent or stable to permit it to be communicated for a period of more than transitory duration and therefore constitutes a specific infringement.”

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Indianapolis, Indiana – Apparently, Amy Haehl (“Haehl”), the Plaintiff, is a nationally renowned photography that promotes her work through her photography studio, Coffee Creek Studio. Haehl claims she first gained national notoriety in 2018 after she recreated scenes from “A Christmas Story” featuring a baby wearing pink bunny pajamas. Her work has apparently been featured on “Fox & Friends” and the websites for the “Today” show and “Good Morning America.”

Haehl claims that she drew inspiration from her previous success with using model babies to use photo editing software to add teeth to her infant subjects. According to the Complaint, she registered a series of those images with the U.S. Copyright Office as Group Reg. No. VA0002191510. Further, Haehl claims she posted a copyright notice alongside each photograph posted on her Facebook page.

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Ft. Wayne, Indiana – Phoenix Intangibles Holding Company apparently licenses the getGo® trademark to Giant Eagle, Inc. (together with Phoenix “Giant Eagle” or “Plaintiffs”) for its use in connection with its getGo® Convenience Stores. According to the Complaint, Giant Eagle acquired the Rickers convenience store chain in 2018 and eventually rebranded those stores under the getGo® marks. The acquired stores allegedly include four former Rickers stores in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Per the Complaint, Plaintiffs have used the getGo® trademark since at least March 2013 and have sought and secured federal trademark registrations for various getGo® trademarks and logos as set forth below (the “getGo® Marks”).

Mark U.S. Registration No.
GETGO 2,927,502
Picture3 4,864,242
4864240-PICTURE 4,864,240
getGo 4,766,055
Picture3 4,864,437
4864240-PICTURE 4,864,438
getGo 5,037,377
Picture3 5,038,064
4864240-PICTURE 5,037,370
Get To Know GetGo 5,991,999
getGo 6,158,214
Picture3 6,158,213

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Indianapolis, Indiana – The Plaintiff, Van Ausdall & Farrar, Inc. (“VAF”), is apparently one of Indiana’s oldest privately owned office-solutions companies. According to the Complaint, Defendant, Jane Doe aka Denise Gilbey Moe (“Defendant” or “Moe”), was employed by VAF until October 2018. Due to the nature of Moe’s position, she was allegedly granted access to VAF’s social media accounts including its Facebook page during her employment. VAF claims its Facebook page has economic value as it uses the page to market and promote its products and services. Apparently, Moe’s access to VAF’s social media accounts ended when her employment was terminated on October 4, 2018.


Per the Complaint, VAF’s Facebook page was accessed by Defendant on June 1, 2021 using an account with the name “Denise Gilbey Moe.” While Moe apparently denies accessing VAF’s Facebook after her termination, VAF claims the account appears to be owned and controlled by Moe.

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BlogPhoto-4-300x184Hammond, Indiana – Apparently, James E. Cross, the Plaintiff is the owner of three design patents for convertible t-shirt designs, U.S. Patent Nos. D/580,633, D/581,136, and D/341,471 (collectively, the “Patents in Suit”). Notably, it appears the ‘633 and ‘136 Patents are set to expire in November 2022, while the ‘471 Patent expired in November 2007 since the term for a design patent filed prior to May 13, 2015 is 14 years.

Cross claims Defendants, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc., Walmart Inc., Kohl’s Inc., and Amazon, Inc. (collectively “Defendants”), have actively induced and contributorily infringed upon the Patents in Suit and his trade dress by importing, offering for sale, and/or selling t-shirts with his ornamental designs without his permission.

While the pro se Complaint is fairly short, Cross attached numerous exhibits not discussed in the Complaint including an order dismissing Cross’ case against Meijer, Inc. due to settlement and a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision regarding the ‘471 Patent. Further attached are black and white photos of zip-up bike jerseys allegedly being sold by Defendants.

Cross is seeking an accounting of damages, costs, expenses, and reasonable attorney’s fees pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 285.

Practice Tip: The current design patent term, if filed on or after May 13, 2015 is 15 years from the date of grant. 35 U.S.C. § 173.

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BlogPhoto-Chapelle-201x300Hammond, Indiana – Pro se Plaintiff, Xavier Gatewood (“Gatewood”) claims to perform comedy in the Chicago area. Between 2014 and 2015, Gatewood claims Defendant, David Khari Webber Chappelle (“Chappelle”), saw him performing comedy at one or more of four places located within two miles of Chappelle’s movie shoot for “CHI-RAQ.”

According to the Complaint, Chappelle then used material from Gatewood’s performance in Chappelle’s standup special “Deep in the Heart of Texas” on Netflix. As Chappelle was allegedly paid $20 Million and the joke was exactly one minute long, Gatewood is seeking $303,030.30.

Unfortunately, the very short Complaint does not disclose the allegedly stolen joke and does not disclose or specifically allege any copyright registration or infringement. Further, while Gatewood lives in Indiana, the alleged theft took place in Illinois and Chappelle lives in Ohio, so jurisdiction may be another hurdle for Gatewood. Continue reading

Hammond, IndianaMonster Energy Company (“Monster”), the Plaintiff, claims to be a nationwide leader in marketing and selling ready-to-drink beverages. Apparently, Monster launched its MONSTER ENERGY® drink brand including its ® mark (the “Claw Icon”) in 2002. Monster also claims it has used a distinctive trade dress for packaging, clothing, bags, sports gear, helmets, and promotional materials that use the Claw Icon in connection with the colors black and green (the “Monster Trade Dress”). Apparently realizing the importance of its brand, Monster owns at least fourteen federal trademark registrations that include the Claw Icon in various classes of goods and services (the “Asserted Marks”).

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BlogPhoto-2-300x179Evansville, Indiana – In 2004, the Coca-Cola Company launched its Full Throttle® energy drink brand, which was later apparently acquired by Monster Beverage Company (“Monster”) in 2015. Monster in turn divested the rights and title to the Full Throttle® energy drink line to its child company, Energy Beverages LLC (“Energy”), the Plaintiff. From that transaction, Energy owns multiple trademark registrations including the three at issue in this case, U.S. Registration Nos. 2,957,843, 5,562,250, and 5,722,956 (the “Energy Marks”). Energy also claims it has used a distinctive trade dress on its Full Throttle® products since 2004.

Apparently, Energy has licensed the Energy Marks and trade dress in connection with a variety of goods and services throughout the years, including sponsoring motorsports. Since 2015, Energy claims it has spent over $22.6 million dollars in promoting the Full Throttle® brand. Additionally, the retail sales of Full Throttle® products allegedly exceed 47 million cans per year, with estimated revenues of approximately $113 million per year. Therefore, Energy claims its Full Throttle® brand including the Energy Marks and trade dress have acquired great value to identify and distinguish its products and services from those of other, including association with the automotive industry.

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D0926,292 Faucet
D0926,291 Faucet
D0926,144 Contact
D0926,104 Wheel chock
D0926,078 Buckle system
D0926,018 Knob
D0925,933 Banquette
11,074,802 Method and apparatus for automatic event prediction
11,074,674 Imaging noise reduction system and method
11,073,322 Modular heat transfer system
11,073,200 Embedded auxiliary oil system for gearbox protection
11,073,083 Particle separator
11,073,045 Turbine shroud assembly with case captured seal segment carrier
11,073,026 Turbine shroud assembly with multi-piece support for ceramic matrix composite material seal segments
11,072,162 Methods and apparatus for compensating for thermal expansion during additive manufacturing
11,072,096 Apparatuses and methods to mold complex shapes
11,071,831 Dose detection system module for medication delivery device
11,071,819 Valve drive unit with shape memory alloy actuator
11,071,666 Systems, methods, and devices for treatment of sleep disorders
11,071,636 Thoracic aorta stent graft with access region
11,071,535 Vascular anchoring introducer sheath
11,071,521 Internal ultrasound assembly with port for fluid injection
11,071,454 Identification of device location in healthcare facility
11,071,393 Apparatus for adding hospital bed functionality to an at-home bed
D0925,517 Communication console
D0925,306 Mattock tool
11,071,201 Method and apparatus for terminating an electrical cable to an integrated circuit
11,070,943 Systems and methods for identifying parties based on coordinating identifiers
11,070,290 System and method for using a solar cell in wireless communication
11,068,403 Data processing system for prefetching data to buffer entries and operating method of the data processing system
11,067,588 Medical analyte testing system and operating method therefor
11,067,509 Fluorescent microscope
11,067,029 Systems and methods for coupling a cylinder head to a cylinder block
11,067,015 Systems and methods for cylinder deactivation operation in response to route conditions
11,067,014 System and method for reducing engine knock
11,067,006 Gas turbine engine system with synchronization features for gearbox operation
11,066,973 Heating system for a tank header of aftertreatment system and method of heating a tank header
11,066,947 Turbine shroud assembly with sealed pin mounting arrangement
11,066,849 Adjustable decorative lockset rose assembly
11,066,460 Phage display vectors and methods of use
11,066,386 CGRP receptor antagonists
11,066,256 Grain bin powersweep with sump shaft aperture sealing cover plate assembly
11,066,249 Loading table roller brush assembly
11,066,247 Powersweep including gearbox shifter mechanism
11,066,051 Wheel sensors within vehicular brake assemblies
11,065,808 Methods and apparatus for compressing material during additive manufacturing
11,065,391 Automatic injection device with variable dosing
11,065,386 Automatic medication injection device with audible indication of injecting progress
11,065,368 Drug eluting graft constructs and methods
11,065,216 Compositions and methods for regulating body weight and metabolic syndromes
11,065,130 Expandable spinal implant system and method of using same
11,065,123 Compression resistant implants including an oxysterol and methods of use
11,065,103 Method and apparatus for fixation of an ACL graft
11,065,065 Spinal implant system and methods of use
11,064,987 Volumetric grafts for treatment of fistulae and related methods and systems
11,064,822 Snap together frame
RE048,635 ERK inhibitors
D0925,160 Cremation urn
D0925,032 Component for a drug delivery device
D0925,014 Handshower holder
D0925,008 Faucet handle
D0925,007 Faucet
D0924,983 Children’s ride-on vehicle
11,063,445 Multi-cell battery management device
11,062,707 Voice recognition for patient care environment
11,062,541 Automated architectural specification generation and hardware identification
11,061,482 Force sensitive input devices and methods
11,061,035 Charged mass labeling system
11,060,998 Nonlinear mass sensors based on electronic feedback
11,060,978 Methods of determining an analyte concentration in a body fluid sample having disturbance variables, as well as computer programs and devices therefor
11,060,959 Systems and methods for analyzing an analyte extracted from a sample using an adsorbent material
11,060,939 Diagnosing cylinder pressure sensor gain and offset
11,060,578 Conical spring washer, transmission system, and method of assembly thereof
11,060,468 Engine intake air system including CAC bypass and separate bypass heater, and high-efficiency spark-ignited direct injection liquid propane engine architectures including same
11,060,451 Fuel injector cleaning system, fluid, and method
11,060,434 Reductant injection in exhaust manifold
11,060,004 Adhesives and methods of making the same
11,059,504 Technologies for caddy assemblies
11,059,416 Electrochromic adaptive driving beam system and method
11,059,413 Retractable room actuation assembly for recreational vehicle
11,059,369 Diesel exhaust fluid tank venting system
11,059,359 Tonneau cover tie-down assembly
11,059,259 Composite core with reinforced plastic strips and method thereof
11,059,227 Print head for additive manufacturing
11,058,976 Valve-sensor assembly
11,058,805 Compositions and devices incorporating water-insoluble therapeutic agents and methods of the use thereof
11,058,554 Hard bearing inserter rings
11,058,495 Surgical system having assisted optical navigation with dual projection system
11,058,464 Interspinous process fixation devices, systems, instruments and methods of assembly and use
11,058,368 Distributed healthcare communication system
11,058,108 Stable high strength oil-in-water emulsions
11,058,092 Animal crate with swing or drop door
11,058,089 Soybean variety 5PVSQ69
11,058,055 Airflow for an agricultural harvesting combine
D0924,441 Beam
D0924,392 Component of a drug delivery device
D0924,391 Component for a drug delivery device
D0924,378 Non-return device valve member
D0924,371 Faucet
D0924,370 Faucet
D0924,366 Faucet
D0924,365 Faucet body
D0924,364 Faucet
D0924,358 Faucet sprayhead
D0924,170 Electrical connector
D0924,169 Electrical connector
D0924,035 Knob
D0923,965 Towel bar
11,057,722 Hearing aid for people having asymmetric hearing loss
11,057,240 Method and process for securing an executable image
11,056,838 Transceiver receptacle with EMI cage and bezel clips that provide high shielding effectiveness
11,056,329 ESI-MS via an electrokinetically pumped interface
11,055,386 Controlling user access to a medical system
11,054,318 System for nondestructive residual stress profiling using inductive sensing
11,054,114 Illuminating, spinning device
11,054,039 Seal runner support
11,053,962 Method and apparatus of plasma flow control for drag reduction
11,053,881 Hierarchical engine control systems and methods
11,053,830 Mixer for NOx sensor
11,053,828 Separately determining firing density and pumping density during firing density transitions for a lean-burn internal combustion engine
11,053,817 Turbine shroud assembly with ceramic matrix composite blade track segments and full hoop carrier
11,053,806 Brazed blade track for a gas turbine engine
11,053,801 Gas turbine engine composite vane assembly and method for making the same
11,053,646 Helicopter and VTOL aircraft landing pad information sheet
11,053,578 Removing coatings from ceramic matrix composite substrates
11,053,544 Corn event DAS-59122-7 and methods for detection thereof
11,053,511 Production of DHA and other LC PUFAs in plants
11,053,290 Modified Tamm-Horsfall protein and related compositions and methods of use
11,053,214 Compositions and methods related to pyridinoylpiperidine 5-HT.sub.1F agonists
11,053,003 Cyclorotor thrust control, transmission and mounting system
11,052,878 Manually-operable hydraulic stabilizing system
11,052,192 Disposable inserter and reusable inserter for accommodating a disposable inserter
11,052,153 Highly branched alpha-D-glucans
11,052,009 Device for adjustably supporting portions of a patient for surgery
11,052,008 Surgical frame and method for use thereof facilitating patient transfer
11,051,961 Deployment handle with stabilizing rail for a pre-loaded prosthesis delivery device
11,051,899 Surgical draping system and method
11,051,865 Fixation of bone implants
11,051,859 Spinal correction system and method
11,051,854 Spinal implant system and method
11,051,770 Patient positioning support structure

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BlogPhoto-1-300x196South Bend, Indiana – Apparently Egglife Foods, Inc. (“Egglife”), the Plaintiff, sell ready-to-eat wraps that are made with cage-free egg whites instead of flour (“egglife egg white wraps”). Introduced in 2019, founder Peggy Johns claims to have invented egglife egg white wraps, using a now patented method (U.S. Patent No. 10,194,669). Egglife claims its egglife egg white wraps are available in over 3,500 retail locations throughout the United States and have garnered a loyal following of passionate consumers. Since 2019, Egglife has allegedly invested $5 million dollars in the Egglife brand and is on pace to reach $30 million in retail sales in 2021. According to the complaint, Egglife products have a distinct packaging including a unique combination of shapes, colors, text font, a center window, and accent elements that act as a source identifier to its consumers (the “Trade Dress”).

The Defendant, Crepini, LLC (“Crepini”), was apparently founded in 2007 with “the dream of bringing crepes into every North American household.” Crepini allegedly sold its egg white thins products in at least three different packaging styles from early 2018 through 2019. Per the Complaint, Crepini owns U.S. Trademark Registration Nos. 5,888,044 and 5,447,364 for “Egg Thins” and “Egg White Thins,” respectively. Egglife claims Crepini rebranded yet again and announced an extensive packaging overhaul including changing the name of the product to “egg wraps” on January 1, 2021.

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