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Masters v. UHS of Del., Inc., No. 09-3543

By FindLaw Staff on January 10, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Trademark Infringement Action

In Masters v. UHS of Del., Inc., No. 09-3543, an action claiming that defendant breached the parties' trademark license agreement, and committed trademark infringement, the court affirmed judgment for plaintiff where 1) defendant's equitable defenses presented fact-bound inquiries that were properly submitted to the jury; 2) the jury properly found that defendant used the mark at issue for unlicensed purposes; and 3) the district court did not err when it determined that monetary relief was appropriate, were the jury to conclude that defendant willfully infringed the mark.

As the court wrote:  "On December 18, 2007, police in St. Louis County, Missouri, received a report that two men had burglarized a local home and stolen a gun safe with four firearms inside. A witness at the crime scene identified David Lee as one of the perpetrators. The police quickly learned that Lee had been seen earlier that day at a house belonging to Vinton. That evening, three officers arrived at Vinton's house and knocked on the door. One of the officers, Detective Andrew Brown, testified that Vinton came to the door and told him that Lee had left the house about an hour earlier. According to Brown, Vinton then agreed that the officers could enter the home to search for Lee."

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