HOUSTON – A Bryan-based television creation and production company is suing a conservative news and entertainment network owned by Glenn Beck on allegations of trademark infringement, recent Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas records indicate.
The Shipman Agency, Inc. filed a lawsuit against TheBlaze, Inc. on Mar. 12.
Court documents assert the media entities had a licensing agreement in which TheBlaze consented to broadcast three programs produced by Shipman, namely “Ammo and Attitude,” “The Right Stuff,” and “Shot to the Heart.”
The agreement supposedly lasted from earlier this decade to last year. Shipman claims TheBlaze refused to enter into a contract for this year, but continues to air its shows and willingly infringe on its trademarks on television and on digital media.
“Blaze’s continued airing of the licensed shows infringes The Registered Marks and is likely to cause confusion or mistake as to the origin of The Registered Marks because it improperly implies that Blaze has licensed these shows when in fact the license has been terminated,” the original petition says.
It further accuses Tyler Cardon, an employee of TheBlaze, of making false statements about Shipman. Cardon is a co-defendant in the case.
Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.
Darlene F. Ghavimi of the law firm Conley Rose, P.C. in Austin serves as Shipman’s lead counsel.
Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:18-CV-0772