PILATES TRADEMARK

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Date: Feb. 2001
From: IDEA Health & Fitness Source(Vol. 19, Issue 2)
Publisher: IDEA Health & Fitness
Document Type: Article
Length: 585 words

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On October 20, 2000, a District Court judge in the Southern District of New York issued a decision in a closely watched case regarding use of the Pilates, Inc. trademark. The case resulted from a suit filed by Pilates, Inc. (the plaintiff) against Current Concepts, Inc. (also known as Balanced Body, Inc.) and its owner Ken Endelman (the defendants) for trademark infringement. The plaintiff claimed that the defendants had infringed an equipment mark registered by Pilates, Inc. for certain types of equipment used in the Pilates method of exercise. The plaintiff also claimed that the defendants had infringed a registered mark used in connection with exercise instruction services.

The judge ruled that both of the marks held by Pilates, Inc. are generic and as such are not protected under the U.S. Patent and Trademark laws. In addition, the judge ruled that if there ever was a...

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