Mr. Travel, Inc. v. VIP Traveling Solution, Inc., 268 F. Supp. 958 (Letter.D. Ill. 1966)

This new marketing access to the particular brands and you can ple, it appears to be in the newspapers, pamphlets, business cards, letterheads, envelopes, and you can shipping meter stamps

This can be an action having trademark violation and you can unfair competition. It’s been put in Lanham Operate (fifteen U. §§ 1051-1127), underneath the Illinois statutes speaing frankly about trademark membership, violation and dilution (1965 Sick.Rev.Stat. ch. 140, §§ 8-22), and you can in common-law values of trademark violation and unfair race.


Plaintiff, Mr. Take a trip, Inc., is an Illinois organization engaged in the firm of traveling institution services, for instance the plan regarding take a trip tours, transport and you may apartments. Accused, V.I.P. Take a trip Service, Inc., was an Illinois organization involved with an equivalent occupation. Each party come in il, Illinois, and have their prominent metropolises out-of team truth be told there.

This court provides jurisdiction in this match by virtue of your federal trademark statutes (15 You. §§ 1051-1127) and you may twenty eight U. § 1338.

Plaintiff has the service draw “mr. travelling,” which it has used just like the 1960 to the their team. Toward February 6, 1962, this particular service mark, into the lower-case white letters up against a black colored records, try entered to your You Patent Place of work, You. S. Reg. Zero. 727,341. That it subscription is actually to own “travel company properties, as well as arranging travelling transport, traveling apartments, trips trips and hotel accommodations.” From inside the *960 acquisition to find the membership, plaintiff disclaimed the term “travel” besides the draw given that found. Plaintiff likewise has joined this service membership mark “mr. travel” towards Assistant out-of Condition off Illinois into the one or two hours. On the November 23, 1960, membership off “mr. travel” inside the lower-case black emails up against a white record is actually obtained, Ill. Reg. Zero. 34,984. Into the March twenty-seven, 1961, subscription regarding “mr. travel” into the lower case light letters facing a black record try gotten, Sick. Reg. No. thirty five,104. The previous membership was indexed as being a “trademark” for use during the advertising and providers, due to the fact latter was a great “services mark” for usage for the transportation and you may shop. Plaintiff has utilized both designs regarding the mark regarding the its company and advertising just like the a trips department as 1960mencing at about the same date, plaintiff even offers used good caricature off a preliminary heavier guy within the football clothes with the several of their adverts materialprimarily towards the leaflets and you may sent advertising. Occasionally, this caricature has actually incorporated brand new lettering “mr. travel” across the their shirt. New caricature wasn’t joined from the plaintiff.

Offender is prepared while the a firm to the age V.I.P. Travel Solution, Inc., and you will began team for the December of these year. Given that that date, accused has utilized a good caricature regarding a man which have a bag on which the fresh lettering “Mr. V.We.P.” appears. To the July 20, 1965, defendant received a subscription given that a help draw of just one adaptation on the caricature, due to the fact revealed less than, You. S. Reg. No. 793,089:

That it ely, planning to possess used international and you may residential trips in addition to a myriad of transport and you can renting.” Offender was presently having fun with an identical, however, a whole lot more “progressive,” kind of this caricature to the their company and you can advertisements.

In a few of the paper advertising, plaintiff’s and you will defendant’s advertisments arrive hand and hand, that’s owing to the point that a similar geographic elements are increasingly being said. In some out of defendant’s paper advertising, this new lettering “Mr. V.I.P.” towards the suitcase of its caricature seems close to the designation of department”V.We.P. Travel.” Some of the defendant’s pamphlets also have showcased the name “Mr. V.I.P.” such that might head your readers so you can regard this as denominative of one’s supply. Finally, offender has utilized an inscription in connection with the postage meter stamps, reading “Mister V.I.P. Excursion.”

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