• Posts Tagged ‘Bibiji’

    When Trademark and Estate Don’t Mix

    by  • November 24, 2014 • trademark • 1 Comment

    What a dispute. I’ve written before (recursive link) about the dispute over the ownership of the mark YOGI for at least tea. I say “at least” because what seems to be missing from the four (or more) lawsuits that involve the trademark is the concept that a trademark has something to do with goods...

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    Must All Trademark Owners be Joined?

    by  • December 16, 2011 • trademark

    Yesterday’s post covered the relative ownership of the trademarks YOGI and YOGI TEA between cross-claimant Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Puri (“Bibiji”) and Golden Temple of Oregon (“GTO”), where an arbitration held that Bibiji was the owner of the trademarks. GTO therefore dropped its infringement claim against defendant Wai Lana Productions, but Bibiji’s claim against Wai...

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    Who Owns the Mark Used by a Bunch of People?

    by  • December 15, 2011 • trademark

    Like life, trademark ownership can get complicated.  About a year and a half ago I reported on a brewing dispute over the ownership of the trademark YOGI TEA. Golden Temple of Oregon (GTO) sued Wai Lana Productions for trademark infringement of its YOGI and YOGI TEA mark. Wai Lana defended itself on the basis...

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    50% Successful With Jus Tertii Defense

    by  • May 21, 2010 • trademark

    There are a couple of recent cases with an ownership-based defense that one doesn’t see very often – the jus tertii defense. “Jus tertii” – Wikipedia says Latin for “third party rights” – is a claim by a defendant that someone else has rights superior to the plaintiff’s that defeat the plaintiff’s claim. It’s...

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