Commerce with Americans

A Monaco casino that serves U.S. travelers and advertises that its services in this country may assert trademark infringement claims against companies that used its unregistered but distinctive trademark in Internet domain names, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit rules.  Trade with U.S. citizens anywhere in the world constitutes “commerce” that can be regulated by Congress, and the use of a trademark in such commerce, together with advertising of the service in the United States, satisfies the Lanham Act’s two-pronged test for “use in commerce” of a protected mark.  (International Bancorp LLC v. Societe des Bains de Mer et du Cercle des Estrangers a Monaco, 4th Cir., 5/19/03).

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