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SCOTUS Correctly Denies Cert. for NBA Trademark Infringement Case

In an unsurprising decision, the Supreme Court of the United States chose not to hear the case appealing the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals' decision regarding the trademark dispute between Chinese clothing seller HANWJH and the National Basketball Association. 

According to the complaint filed by the NBA, the defendant was selling 41 allegedly infringing basketball shorts, which included the NBA's trademarks. 

HANWJH argued the court should dismiss the lawsuit because the federal court lacked personal jurisdiction over the dispute with the Chinese entity. However, the judge disagreed and entered a final judgment against the Chinese company. HANWJH appealed to the Seventh Circuit, but since the NBA established that the Chinese company shipped to customers in Illinois, the three-judge panel affirmed the lower court's judgement. Now, with SCOTUS's decision to not take the case as the final nail in the coffin, the original ruling stands. 

Counterfeit products from China are flooding the market and driving sales away from legitimate distributors. Creating tactful strategies to combat counterfeits and beef up your online enforcement can make a significant difference to your bottom line. 

The justices denied a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Chinese seller HANWJH, in which it argued that the Seventh Circuit wrongly upheld an Illinois federal judge's default judgment against it in a trademark suit brought by NBA Properties Inc. — which owns official National Basketball Association trademarks and licenses — over counterfeit products.


trademark, counterfeits, intellectual property, online enforcement
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