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Coats And Bennett, PLLC, Wins Default Judgment For Carpet Client In Copyright Infringement Case

Plaintiff For Cary, N.C.-Based Intellectual Property Law Firm Awarded More Than $300,000 In Damages From Supplier Of Rugs Infringing On Its Copyright

CARY, N.C. – Coats and Bennett, PLLC, an intellectual property law firm,has announced that Larry Coats, a registered patent attorney and senior member, has won a default judgment of copyright infringement for his client, The Persian Carpet, Inc., of Durham, N.C., against Tashi Dhan Galaicha Udhyog (“Tashi Dhan”), and its principal, Phurbu Nyima Sherpa, for supplying and selling nearly $400,000 worth of rugs almost identical to The Ginkgo, a original rug design created by Persian Carpet, in a federal court ruling. TheMiddle District of North Carolina ruled that Tashi Dhan and Sherpa, both of whom have offices in Nepal and New York City, must pay $302,206 in damages and $5,992 in attorneys’ fees and costs to Persian Carpet for the unauthorized imitation and sale of the latter’s design. Tashi Dhan and Sherpa failed to respond to Persian Carpet’s complaint of copyright infringement after it learned of the imitation in 2009, which led the court to enter a default judgment.

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Dave Bennett interviewed by News14 on Universities buying up .xxx web domains to protect their names

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(Click to watch the News14 interview by Heather Moore)

RALEIGH – Universities, organizations and even corporations are buying adult website domains in hopes of protecting their names and brands.

Earlier this year, the company that manages website names and addresses agreed to create a .XXX domain for sexually explicit websites. Many colleges and universities are buying some of the adult website names to keep from having a porn site associated with their good name.

“The kinds of sites that are likely to be on these domains are not consistent with our missions and values. We thought this would be good insurance to protect our name from being used by these websites,” said Rick Matthews, associate provost for technology and information systems at Wake Forest University.

Wake Forest spent about $1,000 to block wakeforestuniversity.xxx, Wakeforestcollege.xxx, demondeacons.xxx, as well as a couple of others. The University of North Carolina registered universityofnorthcarolina.xxx, unc.xxx, and tarheels.xxx.

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Likelihood of Eco-Friendly Confusion: Greenwashing and the FTC Green Guides

By Timothy C. Bradley Published in ABA's Entertainment & Sports Lawyer, Volume 29, Number 3
(Fall 2011)
© Coats + Bennett, PLLC 2011
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Lawsuit Exposes Potential Patent Danger

A recent patent lawsuit heading to federal circuit court has the intellectual property world taking note and offers important lessons for businesses. The Solo Cup Company is being sued by a patent attorney claiming the company is misleading consumers by marking its products with expired patent numbers.

Typically, there is a $500 fine for each instance of false patent marking. That means the company, a leading manufacturer of disposable products, could face a fine for each of the between 20 and 50 billion products it has produced since the patent expired.

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