By Eric SchweibenzOn March 12, 2015, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued the public version of Order No. 69 in Certain Footwear Products (Inv. No. 337-TA-936).
By way of background, this investigation is based on an October 14, 2014 complaint filed by Converse Inc. ("Converse") alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain footwear products that infringe U.S. Trademark Registration Nos. 4,398,753; 3,258,103; and 1,588,960. Additionally, Converse alleged violation of Section 337 based upon unfair competition/false designation of origin, common law trademark infringement and unfair competition, and trademark dilution. See our October 15, 2014 and November 14, 2014 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
According to the Order, ALJ Bullock granted a joint motion filed by Converse and Respondent Gina Group, LLC ("Gina Group") to terminate the investigation as to Gina Group based on a consent order stipulation, proposed consent order, and a settlement agreement.
The investigation will proceed as to the remaining respondents.