Acushnet Company v. Golf Gods Pty ltd. (18-cv-12093).

Acushnet filed an amended complaint, adding a claim that Golf Gods infringes Acushnet’s D763,682 design patent covering the ornamental design of its golf ball packaging. This adds to the trademark and trade dress infringement claims previously filed by Acushnet, which makes Titleist and Footjoy golf products.

The Helping Hand Company (Ledbury) Ltd. v. Vive Health, LLC (18-cv-10996).

HANDIGRIPHelping Hand makes and sells a line of TRU-GRIP products for reaching and picking up objects.  Helping Hand obtained a pair of design patents covering the gripping end of the products, and accuses Vive Health of infringing these patents.  It seems unlikely that Massachusetts is the proper venue for this lawsuit; while Helping Hands has a division located in Stoughton Massachusetts, Vive Health is located in Florida, and there are no allegations that it maintains a regular place of business in Massachusetts.

Global Protection Corp. et al. v. Arthur et al. (18-cv-10966).

Global Protection is a condom company formed by Tufts graduates in 1988.  Global and its Malaysian owner/manufacturer, Karex Berhad SDN BHD, bring charges of trademark infringement, design patent infringement and unfair competition against Eric Arthur and his company, MSC of Fort Smith, doing business as MSCI.  Global has an incontestable mark for “ONE” for use with condoms, and Karex owns a design patent on a foil package for a condom.

One condoms

MSCI sells condoms in a similar foil package with a large “1” on the packaging, which Global alleges will likely cause confusion.  Global seeks injunctive and monetary relief as well as fees and costs.