WMH Tool Group, Inc. v. Woodstock Int’l, Inc., No. 07 C 3885, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Apr. 8, 2009) (Darrah, J.).
Judge Darrah granted in part defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to plaintiff’s Lanham Act claims related to plaintiff’s trademark for white exteriors applied to woodworking and metalworking machines. Defendants sought summary judgment based upon the fact that their products were green and tan, and that plaintiff’s counsel admitted that green and tan machines did not infringe plaintiff’s trademark white color. But the Court held that summary judgment was not appropriate even if plaintiff admitted the green and tan products did not infringe because the parties disputed which of the products were green and tan and whether defendants also sold green and white products. Additionally, the Court held that there was a question of fact as to whether the alleged green and white products infringed plaintiff’s trademarks. The Court did, however, grant summary judgment as to plaintiff’s dilution claim because plaintiff did not respond to the summary judgment arguments.