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Telegram Messenger Wins Injunction in Crypto Trademark Fight (1)

Aug. 9, 2018, 2:53 PMUpdated: Aug. 9, 2018, 7:40 PM

A cloud-based instant messaging company that plans to launch a cryptocurrency has won an order blocking a rival from using the name “Gram” for its own virtual currency.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled Aug. 8 that Telegram Messenger Inc. is likely to win its trademark infringement claim against Lantah LLC, which applied to register “Gram” with the Patent and Trademark Office.

The court granted a motion for a preliminary injunction, finding that Telegram used its Gram trademark in commerce by entering into purchase agreements that predated Lantah’s use of the Gram name, giving Telegram ...