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Chicago IP Litigation Tracking Northern District of Illinois IP Cases

Officers Can be Liable for Corporate Trademark and Copyright Infringement

Posted in Pleading Requirements

TRT Transportation, Inc. v. Chicago Trolley Rentals, Inc., No. 11 C 3693, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Sep. 30, 2011) (Der-Yeghiayan, J.).

 

Judge Der-Yeghiayan denied defendant Aksoy’s motion to dismiss in this Lanham Act case regarding the CHICAGO TROLLEY mark for use with Chicago Trolley Tours. An individual acting as a corporate officer – such as Aksoy – generally cannot be held individually liable. In the case of trademark and copyrights claims, however, an officer can be held personally liable where the officer was personally involved or aware. And plaintiff TRT Transportation sufficiently pled that involvement.