Custom sign business launches litigation over trademark

By John Suayan | Jan 19, 2017

HOUSTON – A business specializing in the design and manufacturing of custom signs has pursued legal action in response to what it asserts was infringement of its trademark.

National Signs, LLC accuses Nationwide Signs, LLC of using the phrase “Nationwide Signs” in a manner that “blatantly and willfully trampled on its trademark rights.”

National initially filed a lawsuit against Nationwide on Jan. 17 in the Harris County 133rd District Court. The case was also filed in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas the next day.

Per the suit, the defendant used to do as business as Brite Lite Signs until earlier this month. The respondent then changed its name to Nationwide Signs, recent court papers say.

National accuses Nationwide of committing a derogation of the National Signs Trademark with its name and Web domain, claiming the defendant intended and continues to intend to cause consumer confusion.

The complainant insists that it will lose the value of its trademark, its product identity, and control over its goodwill and reputation.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney John H. McFarland of the law firm Joyce + McFarland LLP in Houston is representing National.

Harris County 133rd District Court Case No. Case No. 2017-3198

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:17-CV-0151 

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