Indianapolis; IN – Trademark attorneys for Mainstreet Collection of Washington, North Carolina filed a trademark infringement suit in the Southern District of Indiana alleging that Main Street Collection, LLC and Melissa Card of Fishers, Indiana infringed trademark registration no. 4,034,192 for the mark MSC MAINSTREET COLLECTION registered by the US Trademark Office.
The complaint states that the plaintiff is a successful gift product company that sells crafts, kitchenware, handbags and other gift items at over 6000 gift shops such as Hallmark®. The plaintiff also maintains a website at www.gowhimsey.com and a facebook page. The plaintiff states it has used the MSC mark at issue since at least 2000. The complaint alleges that the defendants also sell gift items. The complaint states that the defendants maintain a website at www.themainstreetcollection.com that utilizes a mark MAINSTREET COLLECTION that is very similar to the plaintiff’s. The complaint states that the plaintiff attempted to have the defendants transfer www.themainstreetcollection.com domain name to the plaintiff, but the defendants refused. The complaint states that customers have been contacting the defendants who are actually seeking to do business with the plaintiff. The complaint makes claims of trademark infringement and cybersquatting and seeks an injunction, damages, transfer of the www.themainstreetcollection.com domain name, attorney fees and costs.
Practice Tip: The claim of trademark infringement here is based entirely on maintaining a website. As we have previously blogged, it can be difficult to obtain personal jurisdiction when basing a claim solely on web presence. The plaintiff here, however, has avoided is issue by filing suit in the defendants’ home jurisdiction.