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Archived updates for Monday, April 18, 2005

Has Leo Stoller Finally Met His Match?

John Welch at The TTAB Blog is reporting on a civil action currently pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, where the Defendants have charged Leo Stoller with an "extortionate protection scheme" that includes "abuse of the legitimate processes for trademark conflict resolution through the . . . U.S. Patent and Trademark Office." Central Mfg. Co. et al. v. Pure Fishing, Inc. et al., Case No. 05-c-0725 (N.D. Ill.). The post links to the 35-page Answer and Counterclaims with an allegation of unfair competition that (over nine pages) alleges Stoller has engaged in a "pattern of unlawful activity" involving his acquisition of federal trademark registrations, including various activities in TTAB proceedings.

John even includes a photograph of the "alleged office of Leo Stoller." Hey John, could this be the home of the Stealth Trademark Mall?
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill: Thanks for the post regarding Stoller. I grew up in Chicago, and that storefront is just so Chicago!

BTW, maybe "Stealth Trademark Maul" would be more appropriate.

John L. Welch

April 18, 2005 4:16 PM  
Anonymous Chili Palmer said...

On February 11, 2010, the Illinois Appellate Court (First District) granted an order taking judicial notice that Leo Stoller had been deceptive. The Illinois Appellate Court, on its own motion, also ordered that Leo Stoller show cause as to why he should not be held in Contempt of Court regarding sixteen appeals. The Court also ordered Leo Stoller to show cause as to why those appeals should not be dismissed. The Illinois Appellate Court entered the orders in view of an earlier order entered by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In that order, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that Leo Stoller had been deceptive and referred the matter to the U.S. Attorney to determine whether Leo Stoller should be prosecuted for perjury.

March 18, 2010 1:07 AM  

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