MONTREAL, Jan. 13, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - MEGA Brands Inc. (TSX: MB) today filed an action against Lego Juris A/S and Lego Group in the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California seeking to invalidate Lego's 1999 functional U.S. trademark, as well as other remedies.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has advised MEGA Brands that it intends to restrict the importation of certain of its products which have been sold in the U.S. for over 20 years. MEGA Brands is seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in order to ensure that its U.S. imports are not affected by Lego's 1999 trademark.
Lego's patents expired more than 20 years ago and courts around the world, including the United States, have ruled against its attempts to use trademark law for functional elements. Its claims have been dismissed by lower courts in numerous countries, as well as by the Supreme Courts of France, Germany, Canada, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands. In a 2010 judgment applicable to all countries in the European Union, the European Court of Justice turned down Lego's appeal of a decision by a lower court in a similar action.
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