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Bd. of Regents of Univ. of Wisconsin Sys. v. Phoenix Int'l Software, Inc., 08-4164

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By FindLaw Staff on December 28, 2010 2:14 PM

Trademark infringement action

Bd. of Regents of Univ. of Wisconsin Sys. v. Phoenix Int'l Software, Inc., 08-4164, concerned the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System's (Wisconsin) action challenging  the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's (TTAB) grant of plaintiff's petition to cancel Wisconsin's registration of the mark "CONDOR" on the grounds that Wisconsin's registration would create confusion in trade.

In reversing and remanding the district court's grant of Wisconsin's motion for summary judgment, the court held that, because the district court misapplied the likelihood of confusion test by mistakenly assuming that the similarity of the products' functions was the dispositive issue in this case, and improperly rejected the TTAB's factual findings, plaintiff is entitled to a trial on the likelihood of confusion issue.  However, the court held that the district court properly dismissed plaintiff's federal counterclaims on sovereign immunity grounds in holding that Wisconsin is protected by the Eleventh Amendment from plaintiff's counterclaims and it has not through its appeal from the TTAB's decision waived its sovereign immunity defense to plaintiff's counterclaims.

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