Trademark Infringement Claim Does Not Make It to First Base

Submitted by patentadmin on Thu, 05/19/2016 - 13:16

A U.S. District Court judge threw out a claim by Parks, the manufacturer of “Ball Park” hot dogs, that Tyson Foods and Hillshire Brands infringed the “Ball Park” trademark by using the slogan “Park’s Finest” on a line of hot dogs. While the judge did dismiss the claim by granting Tyson Food’s and Hillshire Brand’s motion for summary judgement, it was a 1-0 game since the judge denied Tyson’s and Hillshire’s request for sanctions against Parks for filing a frivolous claim.

Everyone knows that the real issue here is that hot dogs should be grilled, not boiled, and the hot dogs you get at the ball park – regardless of who makes them – have been sitting in hot water for hours and are just dreadful. When is somebody going to address the real problem?

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