Real-Time Reporters, P.C. v. Sonntag Reporting Servs., Ltd., No. 13 C 5348, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Der-Yeghiayan, J.).
Judge Der-Yeghiayan denied plaintiff Real-Time Reporters’ (“RTR”) preliminary injunction motion in this Lanham Act matter involving RTR’s REAL-TIME REPORTERS trademark. Defendant Sontag Reporting Services (“SRS”) use of the name “Chicago-area Realtime Reporters” alleged infringed RTR’s REAL-TIME REPORTERS trademark.
RTR’s slow actions belied its claims of irreparable harm. RTR allegedly learned of SRS’s use of the mark in April 2013, but did not sue until late July 2013, did not seek a temporary restraining order and waited almost a month before filing the instant motion for preliminary injunction.
The Court also held that in light of the Supreme Court’s eBay, Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C., 547 U.S. 388 (2006) decision, it was unclear that the presumption of irreparable harm in trademark cases remained.
Regarding RTR’s likelihood of success, the Court held that RTR’s REAL-TIME REPORTERS mark appeared to be generic.
Balancing the harms favored SRS because it would be harmed by an injunction, while RTR had already shown it would not be significantly harmed by its delay in filing suit and its delay in seeking a preliminary injunction.