Arizona Republic:  “The suit, filed Thursday [July 7, 2011]  in U.S. District Court, names Arizona-based Revolver, LLC, as a defendant.  Court documents say that Scottsdale’s Revolver Lounge is infringing on trademark rights of Revolver Saloon.”

The plaintiff is NP Opco, LLC, a Nevada limited liability company, holder of a federally registered service mark for the word mark “Revolver Saloon,” in the goods and services classes IC 041 and US 100, 101 and 107 for night clubs.  The trademark registration 3862054 was granted on April 27, 2010.  The mark was first used in commerce on February 5, 2010.

Business owners can learn several lessons from this trademark infringement lawsuit:

  • Trademark law exists
  • Ignorance of trademark law or failing to consider trademark law can be harmful to your company’s economic health
  • Before adopting a trademark or a service mark, conduct a search to determine if somebody else holds trademark rights that your mark might infringe
  • Consult with an experienced trademark lawyer.  Trademark law is not an area of law for do-it-yourselfers.
  • If your company has one or more trademarks or service marks that is uses in interstate commerce, it should register the mark(s) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark office.