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