Press Release October 16, 2007
We are pleased to report that GSCO recently established in federal court that its exclusive trademark rights in GRAND SLAM and other marks for sheep hunting awards, drawings and conventions appear to be valid, enforceable, and infringed by FNAWS/ISHA. After hearing FNAWS' arguments and claims that GSCO's trademarks were not valid, the Court disagreed with FNAWS and concluded that "GSCO has established its burden on seeking preliminary injunctive relief" and that GSCO's request for an injunction against FNAWS and ISHA is "due to be granted." In its opinion and order, the Court confirmed that FNAWS failed to establish its case and that GSCO is still the presumed owner of the valid trademarks "Grand Slam of North American Wild Sheep", "Grand Slam", "3/4 Slam", "1/2 Slam", Capra World Slam", "Ovis World Slam", and spin-offs or derivatives of these marks for wild sheep hunting awards, drawings and conventions. The Court also concluded that issuing an injunction against FNAWS' unauthorized use of GSCO's trademarks favors the public interest to avoid potential confusion among sheep hunters about which association is sponsoring a particular award or drawing in connection with the upcoming 2008 conventions. Due to the short time until trial, however, the Court is considering a temporary deferral of the injunction, and has asked GSC/O and FNAWS to appear in court October 25 to discuss the language of the injunction that will issue against FNAWS and ISHA. We will continue to keep you informed. Read the complete copy of the Court Order. We will contiue to keep our members informed of all future developments in this case.
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