Remember that “Sony Ericsson suing Clearwire for having a very similar logo” story? While the fight may still not be over, the first round definitely goes to Clearwire. Federal court found “insufficient evidence of likelihood of confusion and no irreparable harm,” denying a motion for a preliminary injunction. That doesn’t mean the buck necessarily stops here, but it will be much harder for the Swedish-Japanese lawyers to take much further.
We’ll definitely be watching where this goes and let you know as soon as something new comes up. In the meantime, here’s Clearwire’s statement on the court’s decision:
Clearwire is pleased with the federal court’s decision to deny Sony Ericsson’s motion for a preliminary injunction against the use of the CLEAR marks at issue in the case. The judge’s findings of insufficient evidence of likelihood of confusion and no irreparable harm further support our contention that the suit is without merit. We expect that the final disposition of the case will be in our favor and that it will demonstrate that the CLEAR branding is clearly differentiated from the Sony Ericsson brand.