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Friday Factoid: Trader Joe’s May Proceed Against Pirate Joe’s in Canada

Normally, trademark owners in the U.S. cannot enforce the federal Lanham Act against parties that are using their registered marks solely outside the United States. Nevertheless, a recent decision by a federal appeals court allowed Trader Joe’s to maintain a lawsuit against a Canadian store called Pirate Joe’s. The owner of Pirate Joe’s regularly purchased Trader Joe’s products in the State of Washington and resold them at Pirate Joe’s in Vancouver, Canada.

Source: The New York Times

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