T-Mobile US, Inc. et al v. Aio Wireless LLC
ORDER OF INJUNCTION entered: Although the court concludes that a $500,000 bond is appropriate and sufficient, if Aio can show a need for increasing it, Aio may move separately for that relief. Aios motion for a stay pending an appeal is denied.(Signed by Judge Lee H Rosenthal) Parties notified.(leddins, 4)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
T-MOBILE US, INC., et al.,
AIO WIRELESS LLC,
CIVIL ACTION NO. H-13-2478
ORDER OF INJUNCTION
T-Mobile US, Inc., T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG (together, “T-Mobile”),
sued Aio Wireless LLC (“Aio”) under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1125, alleging that Aio’s use
of the plum color known as Pantone 676C infringes T-Mobile’s trademarked use of the color known
as Pantone Process Magenta. T-Mobile applied for a preliminary injunction to stop Aio from using
Pantone 676C as a central part of its trade dress to market consumer wireless- telecommunications
services and products.
Based on the parties’ motions and responses, extensive briefing, submission of voluminous
exhibits following discovery, the evidence presented at the hearing, the arguments of counsel, and
the applicable law, this court has entered findings of fact and conclusions of law. The court found
and concluded that T-Mobile has shown a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of its claim
that Aio’s use of large blocks or swaths of Pantone 676C in its marketing and store design is
confusingly similar to, and infringing of, T-Mobile’s use of large blocks or swaths of Pantone
Process Magenta in its marketing and store design. The court also found and concluded that TMobile has shown a substantial threat of irreparable injury if the injunction is not issued,
outweighing the harm that an injunction will cause Aio, and that the injunction will not disserve the
Based on these findings and conclusions, the court orders that Aio Wireless LLC, its agents,
employees, representatives, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors with notice of this order, are enjoined
from using large blocks or swaths of Pantone 676C or similar shade, in marketing and advertising,
and including but not limited to in-store design, displays, and appearance; television, electronic, and
movie commercials; print advertisements; billboards; websites; social media websites; and other
T-Mobile must post a bond as a condition for the issuance of the injunction. FED. R. CIV.
PRO. 65(c). Based on the parties’ arguments and the record, including the evidence of the steps Aio
has already taken to reduce its uses of Pantone Process 676C that this court has found confusingly
similar to T-Mobile’s and violative of the Lanham Act, this court finds and concludes that a
$500,000 bond is appropriate. Aio’s projections of higher costs are speculative and do not
adequately take into account the voluntary changes already implemented or planed. AT&T has also
indicated that unrelated changes to its corporate structure may result in wholesale changes to its
marketing, including the colors it uses. Although the court concludes that a $500,000 bond is
appropriate and sufficient, if Aio can show a need for increasing it, Aio may move separately for that
relief. See TGI Friday’s Inc. v. Great Northwest Rest. Inc., 652 F. Supp. 2d 763, 774 (N.D. Tex.
2009) (citing Gryphon Master Fund, L.P. v. Path 1 Network Techs., Inc., 06-cv-107D, 2007 WL
1723703, at *8 (N.D. Tex. June 14, 2007)).
Aio’s motion for a stay pending an appeal is denied.
SIGNED on January 22, 2014, at Houston, Texas.
Lee H. Rosenthal
United States District Judge
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