Libya Loses Trademark Case Against Document Expeditor

A U.S. District Judge has dismissed a trademark infringement suit originally brought by the former Libyan regime against a document expeditor.

Bloomberg reports that the then Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Hamahiriya initiated the case in federal court in Washington in November 2006, objecting to the use by Ahmad Miski of the domain names that contained variations on the phrase "embassy of Libya".

The case -- Libya v. Miski, 06-cv092946, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington) -- was put on hold during the period of unrest in that country, but following its resumption, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton dismissed the allegations saying he term was merely suggestive and not entitled to protection under U.S. trademark law.

He also rejected Miski’s claim that the country had interfered with his business advantages, saying the document expediter had failed to present evidence of damage.

(Source: Bloomberg)

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