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Tiffany v. Costco, 1-13-CV-01041-LTS-DCF (S.D.N.Y.) (May 6, 2013 brief filed by Costco in opposition to Tiffany's motion to dismiss counterclaim)

Tiffany v. Costco, 1-13-CV-01041-LTS-DCF (S.D.N.Y.) (May 6, 2013 brief filed by Costco in opposition to Tiffany's motion to dismiss counterclaim)

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Tiffany v. Costco, 1-13-CV-01041-LTS-DCF (S.D.N.Y.) (May 6, 2013 brief filed by Costco in opposition to Tiffany's motion to dismiss counterclaim)
Tiffany v. Costco, 1-13-CV-01041-LTS-DCF (S.D.N.Y.) (May 6, 2013 brief filed by Costco in opposition to Tiffany's motion to dismiss counterclaim)

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Published by: Charles Colman Law, PLLC on Jul 03, 2013
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK ---------------------------------------------------------------------- x:TIFFANY AND COMPANY andTIFFANY (NJ) LLC,::
ECF CASE
:Plaintiffs and Counter-Defendants, : 13 Civ. 1041 (LTS) (DCF) – against – :::COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION, ::Defendant and Counter-Plaintiff. ::---------------------------------------------------------------------- x
MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION TOPLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENTOR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS
FRIED, FRANK, HARRIS, SHRIVER &JACOBSON LLPOne New York Plaza New York, New York 10004-1980(212) 859-8000Attorneys for Defendant and Counter-Plaintiff Costco Wholesale CorporationJames W. DabneyVictoria J.B. DoyleRichard M. Koehl
Of Counsel 
Case 1:13-cv-01041-LTS-DCF Document 23 Filed 05/06/13 Page 1 of 24
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PageTABLE OF AUTHORITIES .............................................................................................. ii
 
The Non-Infringement, Privilege, and Invalidity Grounds on WhichCostco’s Counterclaim Seeks Relief ........................................................................4
 
The Parties’ Factual Disputes Over the Nature and Effect(s) of Costco’sUse of the Word “Tiffany” ......................................................................................6
 
The Parties’ Factual Disputes Over Whether Costco Made Only GoodFaith Descriptive Use of the Word “Tiffany” ..........................................................8
 
The Parties’ Factual Dispute Over the Primary Significance of the Word“Tiffany” in the Context of Pronged Jewelry Settings ..........................................10
 
The Plaintiffs’ Failure to Submit Competent Evidence .........................................13
 
Plaintiffs’ Erroneous Reliance on Registrations as “Evidence” ............................15
 
Plaintiffs’ Erroneous Reliance on Judicial Opinions as “Evidence” .....................18
 
Plaintiffs’ Improper Invocation of Rule 12(c) .......................................................18
 
CONCLUSION ..................................................................................................................19
Case 1:13-cv-01041-LTS-DCF Document 23 Filed 05/06/13 Page 2 of 24
 
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIESPage(s)C
ASES
 
815 Tonawanda Street Corp. v. Fay’s Drug Co
.,842 F.2d 643 (2d Cir. 1988).........................................................................................15
 Abercrombie & Fitch Co. v. Hunting World, Inc
.,537 F.2d 4 (2d Cir. 1976) (Friendly, J.) .............................................5 n.4, 5 n.5, 16, 18
 Advance Magazine Publ’ers, Inc. v. Norris
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.,543 U.S. 111 (2004) .......................................................................................................9
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.,802 F.2d 934 (7th Cir. 1986) ...............................................................................17 n.10
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