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Designer Skin LLC v. S & L Vitamins, Inc., et al.
Unauthorized internet reseller of plaintiff’s products is not guilty of trademark infringement, and does not cause actionable initial interest confusion, by using plaintiff’s trademarks in meta tags of website at which plaintiff’s and its competitors’ products are sold, and in...

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Ivan Paramanandam, et al. v. Victoria Herrmann, et al.

827 N.E. 2d 1173 (Ind. Ct. of Appeals, May 24, 2005)

Indiana Court of Appeals holds that neither website developer's utilization of contents of commercial web site he created for plaintiffs to set up a competitive online business, nor his appropriation of domain names that had previously been used to direct traffic to plaintiffs' sites, constituted a violation of Indiana's Trade Secrets Act, because plaintiffs had made no effort to keep this information secret.  The Appellate Court accordingly reversed the trial court's grant of injunctive relief to plaintiffs.  It should be noted that much of the content found on plaintiffs' sites consisted of promotional materials created by the manufacturers of products both parties sold to the public, for which plaintiffs obtained display licenses for their own web sites.

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