Represented the successful plaintiff in a trademark infringement action leading to a permanent injunction, an award of damages and an award of plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees and costs under both federal and state law claims. The Court found the Plaintiff’s mark to be both “conceptually and commercially strong.”
Represented a French wine maker in an important matter concerning a regional indicator dispute. This Opinion is a Precedent of the TTAB.
Represented the successful Opposer, leading to a finding that Opposer's mark was very strong, widely known, and should be accorded a broad scope of protection with the opposition sustained.
Obtained summary judgment on priority of use and abandonment of trademark rights issues in a complex trademark case involving over thirty years of alleged trademark usage.
Before the United States Court of Appeals, for the Eighth Circuit, represented plaintiff in a trademark action in successful appeal.
Mr. Clifford led a team of lawyers to successfully respond within less than 24 hours to a temporary restraining order request. The motion was denied based on the showing and oral argument made by the Merchant & Gould team.
In one of the few citable and precedential decisions of 2005, the TTAB granted the petition for cancellation filed by Mr. Clifford under Section 2 (c) of the Trademark Act.
Represented defendant in trademark action.
Represented the plaintiff is a trade secret and contract case before the United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.
Represented the Applicant in an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, May 1990.
Represented plaintiff in matter obtaining a preliminary injunction.
Represented a U.K. based plaintiff in a trade secret case to a successful verdict, in Federal Court in Denver, Colorado.
Represented the defendant in a license agreement case with patent, unfair competition, and trade secret issues to a successful verdict in State Court in, Minnesota.
Represented a Norwegian plaintiff in a license agreement case with patent, trade secret and contract issues to a successful verdict in the Southern District of New York.
Represented a major financial institution plaintiff in a trademark dispute, obtaining an expanded injunction.
Represented the French plaintiff in a trademark dispute and obtained an injunction in U.S. District Court.