13 July 2014

Beats sues for Seizure of Domain Names before Apple Deal Final

Before the deal with Apple has closed, Jimmy Iovine's and Dr. Dre's Beats filed a trademark infringement action on July 9, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago), case 14-cv-5209. According to the complaint the Defendants are individuals and business entities who "upon information and belief, reside in the People’s Republic of China or other foreign jurisdictions" and conduct business throughout the United States through the operation of the fully interactive commercial websites and online marketplaces.

Beats sues Chinese counterfeiters for billions as Apple sale nears completion - Apple Insider: "... In addition to seeking an importation ban and cessation of sales into the U.S., Beats is asking for the forfeiture of all profits realized from the sale of counterfeit headphones ... [but] will accept $2 million for each incident of infringement and $100,000 per domain name. The company also wants internet registrars to seize the offending domain names and turn them over to Beats's control... A nearly identical lawsuit filed in 2013 resulted in an order for the seizure of some 1,472 domain names, 50 PayPal accounts, and 14 "online marketplace accounts."..." (read more at appleinsider.com link above)

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