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Case: Trademarks/Licensing (N.D. Ohio)

Jan. 24, 2020, 12:51 PM

A federal district court in Ohio granted Matco Tools Corp. summary judgment of its trademark infringement and trade secrets misappropriation claims against a former distributor. Matco claims that the distributor used its name and reputation to compete with Matco after purposefully abandoning his distributorship, and it terminated the distributorship. The court held that the distributor’s continued use of Matco’s marks after the termination of the distributorship was likely to cause confusion. And the court found that Matco established that its lists of calls contain trade secrets entitled to protection under Ohio law, and the distributor relied on these trade secrets...

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