Court sides with Apple in TigerDirect case

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  1. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    From AppleInsider:

    "A judge has denied a request by computer retailer TigerDirect for a preliminary injunction against Apple Computer over allegations that Apple's nickname for its new operating system, "Tiger," infringes on the retailer's trademarked name.

    The ruling was part of a 56 page opinion handed down on May 11th by Judge Joan Lenard of the United States District Court for the District of Florida. After weighing arguments from both sides, the Court found that "there is greater risk of damage to Apple from granting the injunction than any potential harm to TigerDirect from Apple's use of Tiger marks."


    During the case, Apple VP Phil Schiller was called as a witness and implied that Apple had planned the use of large predator cats as the codenames for its major releases of Mac OS X. Also, Apple disputed that only 4 out of 517 people associated the name "Tiger" with an actual company, giving Apple plenty of leverage behind the use of the name Tiger as a name-brand.

    "Turning to the overall impression created by the marks, in the context of each party's use thereof, the Court finds that the marks are distinctly different," Judge Lenard wrote in her opinion denying TigerDirect's motion. She said Tiger marks are frequent in the computer industry and that she saw no evidence that Apple adopted the Tiger name in bad faith or that it has caused any confusion in the market place."

    The court has denied TigerDirect a preliminary injunction, and the case is most likely to be thrown out.

    Woo :D
     
  2. X-Istence

    X-Istence * Political User

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    I did not even know TigerDirect existed before they sued Apple.
     
  3. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    Yeah was a sad case to begin with as it sounded like the only evidence they had was search engine placement, and they were ranked above Apple in them. :p
     
  4. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    I've heard the name, but they seem to be a company on the way down.
     
  5. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    What a ridiculously stupid case. Did TigerDirect really expect to win? :D
     
  6. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    Of course they didn't expect to win, but it obviously has given them some publicity.
     
  7. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    and it worked...

    Maybe not positive publicity, I doubt Jan's going to go and buy something from them now... however there may be some who will.
     
  8. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    If you have a trademark and dont do everything you can to defend it you loose it. Therefore even if TigerDirect knew it was stupid and even if they knew it was futile. They had to do it.
     
  9. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    yep. human nature. when in doubt.... sue for it. people would sue for anything these days, won't they? Went to a local-ish Taco Bell/KFC with a few friends the other day, and when i opened the doors, i nearly walked into a metal bar they have between the two so they can lock in the traditional single-door method, instead of how most double doors lock into each other. I turned to my friend and said to him "yeah..... wonder how long it'll take for someone to sue them because somebody opened the door and walked into that bar."

    And i doubt TigerDirect is on it's way out. usually the most common e-tailers you hear of when you ask, or at least when i ask, are ZipZoomFly, NewEgg, and TigerDirect. i usually try to find what i'm looking for at one of those three before i look somewhere else. I almost never use eBay.
     
  10. Xie

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    Well with all the bad press bringing up things like their bad rating with the BBB I don't think they are on their way up. ;)
     
  11. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    maybe not on their way up, but probably also not on their way out. probably just sittin in the middle. :)
     
  12. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    Well with all the bad press, a negative rating from the Better Business Bureau, and up and comers like Newegg chipping away at them I think that middle is sinking. ;)
     
  13. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    I didnt really see this going through at all. You simply cant trademark a common language word very effectively. I had to deal with something like this sometime last year.