U.S. News | New York Times Sues Time Magazine for Trademark Infringement

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The New York Times has filed a lawsuit in the New York Southern District Court against the publisher of Time magazine for trademark infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant is infringing its trademark for the online Times Talks series by using TIME100 Talks for its own competing series without permission or authorization.

According to the lawsuit, Time Magazine has failed to desist from using TIME100 Talks even after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Aug. 27 rejected its trademark application for the term indicating similarity with Times Talks.

The plaintiff reportedly said that it has been using Times Talks since 1999 for conversations between its journalists and newsmakers like former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, actress Meryl Streep and author Margaret Atwood.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendant began using TIME100 Talks in April and was informed after the USPTO ruling.

The plaintiff accused Time Magazine of violating New York state law for intentionally using a deceptive name without authorization.

The plaintiff alleges that the use of the mark has caused lots of damages, unfair competition, and confusion.

The plaintiff seeks a jury, permanent injunction, and payment of unspecified damages, including profits from the alleged infringement.

The case is ongoing.                      

New York Times Company v. TIME USA, LLC

Judge: John P Cronan
Court: New York Southern District Court
Case #: 1:20-cv-09787
Nature of Suit: Trademark
Cause: Trademark Infringement
Case Filed: Nov 20, 2020


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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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