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Aftermarket Competitors Given a Boost by the Supreme Court

05/13/2014

The Supreme Court of the United States recently decided that a supplier of replacement parts to printer remanufacturers can rely on U.S. Trademark Law to maintain a suit for unfair competition. In what began as a copyright infringement action in 2002, Static Control filed a countersuit against Lexmark alleging unfair competition under the Lanham Act that traveled through the appeals process up to the Supreme Court. The Lanham Act contains the federal laws that regulate trademark law. Among other activities, the Act prohibits unfair competition through false advertising.

 

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