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Rawlings v Wilson (Gold Glove TM complaint)

Rawlings v Wilson (Gold Glove TM complaint)

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Published by Peter Perkowski
Rawlings complaint against Wilson for alleged infringement of "gold glove" trademark
Rawlings complaint against Wilson for alleged infringement of "gold glove" trademark

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Published by: Peter Perkowski on Jul 09, 2012
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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTEASTERNDISTRICTOFMISSOURIEASTERNDIVISIONRAWLINGSSPORTINGGOODSCOMPANY,INC.,v.)
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Plaintiff,WILSONSPORTINGGOODSCO.Defendant.COMPLAINTPlaintiffRawlingsSportingGoodsCompany,Inc.("Rawlings"),foritsComplaint
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againstDefendantWilsonSportingGoodsCo.("Wilson"or"Defendant"),statesthefollowing:INTRODUCTION1.Thisisanactionatlawandinequityfortrademarkinfringement,dilution,andfalseadvertisingarisingundertheFederalTrademarkActof1946(the"LanhamAct"),15U.S.C.§§1051,etseq.JURISDICTIONANDVENUE2.ThisCourthassubjectmatterjurisdictionoverRawlings'federalclaimspursuanttoSection39oftheLanhamAct,15U.S.C.§1121,and28U.S.C.§§1331and1338.TheCourthassubjectmatterjurisdictionoverRawlings'statestatutoryandcommonlawclaimspursuantto28U.S.C.§1367.3.ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverDefendantbyvirtueofthefactthatitisconductingbusinessinthisjudicialdistrict.
 
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4.VenueisproperinthisCOUlipursuantto28U.S.C.§1391.
THEPARTIES
5.PlaintiffRawlingsSportingGoodsCompany,Inc.isaDelawarecorporationwithaprincipalplaceofbusinessat510MaryvilleUniversityDr.,Suite110,St.Louis,MO63141.6.Rawlingsmanufacturesanddistributessportinggoodsequipmentforretailpurchaseandalsoprovidessuchequipmentforusebyprofessionalathletes,includingMajorLeagueBaseballplayers.7..Uponinformationandbelief,DefendantWilsonSportingGoodsCo.isaDelawarecorporationwithitsprincipalofficesat8750W.BrynMawrAvenue,Chicago,IL606318.Defendantmanufacturesanddistributessportinggoodsequipmentforretailpurchase.Uponinformationandbelief,Defendantprovidessportinggoodsequipmentforusebyprofessionalathletes,includingMajorLeagueBaseballplayers.
FACTSCOMMONTOALLCLAIMSFORRELIEF
9.RawlingsistheoriginatorofthefamousGOLDGLOVEAWARD®whichwascreatedin1957torecognizeoutstandingfieldingbyprofessionalbaseballplayers.10.Around1957,aRawlingssalesmanagerobservedthatoverhalftheplayersinprofessionalbaseballworeaRawlingsbaseballglove.Tocapitalizeonthisfact,Rawlingsdecidedtocreateanawardthatrecognizeddefensiveexcellence-theGOLDGLOVEAWARD®.11.TocreatetheoriginalGOLDGLOVEAWARD®,Rawlingsconstructedabaseballglovemadefromgoldtannedleatherthatwasusedinfashionfootwear.2
 
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12.Sincethattime,Rawlingshasdistributedapproximately981prestigiousGOLDGLOVE®awards,allofwhichhaveconsistedoftheiconicgoldbaseballgloveattachedtoasolidbase.AphotographdepictingRawlings'prestigiousGOLDGLOVE®awardisattachedheretoasExhibit
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13.Inaddition,recipientswhouseRawlingsglovesaregivenafunctionalbaseballgloveforuseonthefieldinprofessionalplaythatincludesmetallicgoldindiciaonthegloveitself.PlayerscovetthisfunctionalgloveasamarkofachievementthatisvisibletothethousandsoffansviewinganMLBgameplaybothatthestadiumandastelevised.14.TheawardisgivenannuallytonineplayersfromtheAmericanLeagueandnineplayersfromtheNationalLeague.Themanagersandcoachesineachleaguevotefortherespectivewinners.15.Overthepast50years,theawardhasbeenbestowedonsomeofbaseball'sgreatestdefensiveplayers-OzzieSmith,JohnnyBench,andBrooksRobinson,tonameafew.Today,theawardremainsthehighestsymbolofdefensiveexcellenceandonewhichplayersstrivetoachieve.16.TheGOLDGLOVEAWARD®,isoneofthemostrecognizedandcovetedawardsinprofessionalbaseball.17.TheGOLDGLOVEAWARD®isakeyaspectofRawlings'promotionandmarketingforitssportsequipment,particularlyitsbaseballgloves.18.Theannouncementandpresentationofeachawarditselfisaccompaniedbymuchfanfare.Theawardannouncementsaretelevisedandcoveredextensivelybynationalandinternationalmedia.In2011,thepresentationoftheawardstookplaceataprestigiouseventinNewYorkCityforthefirsttimeandwillcontinuetotakeplaceonanannualbasis.3

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