Bassam N. Ibrahim, Shareholder, and Bryce J. Maynard, Counsel in Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Intellectual Property Section recently published an article titled "Important Trademark Cases in the U.S" in the March 2013 issue of Intellectual Property Management, the official journal of the Japanese Intellectual Property Association and the most widely read intellectual property publication in Japan. The article covered 15 of the most important trademark cases in the United States, such as In re Bose (Fed. Cir. 2009) and Wal-Mart Stores v. Samara Brothers (S. Ct. 2000). The article summarized each of these cases, explained the importance of each case to U.S. trademark law and provided comments on the relevance of the cases for Japanese trademark owners and practitioners.
The head of the editorial committee of the Japanese Intellectual Property Association has stated that this article will be very useful for the association's members, since there have not been similar articles published in Japan explaining the most important U.S. trademark cases. Furthermore, many of the concepts covered by these cases (such as the “use in commerce” requirement, trademark dilution and damages for trademark infringement) do not exist in Japan or are treated much differently under Japanese law.