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MVS Wins Trademark Suit for Fox TVJanuary 31, 2013

In a decision dated January 23, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa granted summary judgment of non-infringement to Fox Television Studios, Inc., whom McKee Voorhees & Sease represented as defendants. The suit was filed in December, 2011, by Louis Scorpiniti, who asserted trademark infringement of his registered mark �The Gate� for television broadcasting, with a first use date of 2007, by Fox�s use of the name �The Gates� for their 2010 TV show which aired on ABC. The Court ruled that Mr. Scorpiniti did not have trademark rights in �The Gate,� that there was no likelihood of confusion with �The Gates,� and canceled Scopiniti�s trademark registration 3,536,556.

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