Williams & Connolly Victories Top Law360’s List of Top Trademark Rulings of 2020

July 2020

On July 1, 2020, Law360 published their mid-year report listing the Top 7 Trademark Rulings of 2020, naming two of the firm’s cases to the top spots.   

Number one on the Law360 list was Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil, Inc., where the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Williams & Connolly client Romag Fasteners, Inc., holding that a plaintiff in a trademark infringement suit is not required to show that a defendant willfully infringed the plaintiff's trademark in order to recover profits as a remedy.  The Williams & Connolly team representing Romag Fasteners included Lisa Blatt, Amy Saharia, Joshua Podoll, and Kaitlin Beach.
 
Next on Law360’s list was another win for the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice, United States Patent & Trademark Office v. Booking.com.  There, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of firm client Booking.com, holding that the addition of “.com” to a generic term can create a protectable trademark.  Lisa Blatt presented oral argument in early May, marking the first case in the Court’s history to be argued remotely, and the first case where live audio was available to the public.  Sarah Harris was lead brief-writer and second-chaired the case; other members of the team included Eden Schiffmann, Thomas Chapman, and John Swanson.  The case marked Lisa’s 40th argument before the Supreme Court.  
 
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, the Williams & Connolly Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation team finished the Term with three victories and no losses.
 
Click here to read the United States Supreme Court opinion in Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil, Inc.  
Click here to read the Supreme Court opinion in United States Patent & Trademark Office v. Booking.com.
Click here to read Law360’s article, “Top 7 Trademark Rulings Of 2020: A Midyear Report.”
 

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Williams & Connolly’s Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Practice Recognized Among Top Nationally by Chambers USA and The Legal 500
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