Supreme Court Grants Petition for Cert in Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc.: Potential Ramifications for Covenants Not to Sue in Patent Cases

On June 25, 2012, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc., No. 11-982, on the issue of whether a federal district court is divested of Article III jurisdiction over a party’s challenge to the validity of a federally registered trademark if the registrant promises not to assert its mark against the party’s then-existing commercial activities.  The issue in Already concerns a tactic commonly used in trademark cases: the holder of a trademark registration signs a covenant not to sue the alleged infringer so as to divest the district court of jurisdiction over the infringer’s declaratory judgment   Read More »

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