Clover Network, Inc. v. Clovr Media, Inc.

Filing 14

ORDER re 13 Case Management Statement filed by Clover Network, Inc. Joint Case Management Statement due by 10/13/2011. Initial Case Management Conference reset for 10/20/2011 01:30 PM in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, San Francisco. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley on 9/19/2011. (ahmS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/19/2011)

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1 2 3 4 5 JEDEDIAH WAKEFIELD (CSB No. 178058) jwakefield@fenwick.com FENWICK & WEST LLP 555 California Street, 12th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 Telephone: (415) 875-2300 Facsimile: (415) 281-1350 8 ERIN SIMON (CSB No. 268929) esimon@fenwick.com FENWICK & WEST LLP 801 California Street Mountain View, CA 94041 Telephone: (650) 988-8500 Facsimile: (650) 938-5200 9 Attorneys for CLOVER NETWORK, INC. 6 7 10 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO ATTORNEYS AT LAW F ENWICK & W EST LLP 12 SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION 13 Clover Network, Inc., Case No.: C 11-02859 JSC 14 Plaintiff, 15 v. CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE STATEMENT AND [PROPOSED] ORDER 16 Clovr Media, Inc., 17 Defendant. 18 Date: September 22, 2011 Time: 1:30 P.M. Courtroom: E, 15th Floor Judge: The Honorable Jacqueline S. Corley 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Plaintiff Clover Network, Inc. (“Clover Network”) submits this Case Management Statement and respectfully requests that the Court set a further case management conference approximately 90 days from the date of this statement. Clover Network and Defendant Clovr Media, Inc. (“Clovr Media”) are engaged in settlement discussions, and to facilitate those discussions, Clover Network has thus far refrained from serving the Complaint on Clovr Media. Clover Network therefore requests the continuance of the case management conference to provide the parties with sufficient time to pursue their ongoing settlement efforts. 28 CLOVER NETWORK’S CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT CASE NO.: C 11-02859 JSC 1 I. Plaintiff Clover Network, Inc. (“Clover Network”) is a Delaware corporation having a 2 3 PARTIES principal place of business at 785 Castro Street, Suite A, Mountain View, California, 94041. Upon information and belief, Defendant Clovr Media, Inc. (“Clovr Media”) is a Delaware 4 5 corporation having a principal place of business at 225 Franklin Street, 26th Floor, Boston, 6 Massachusetts, 02210. In a cease and desist letter dated May 20, 2011, counsel for Defendant 7 Clovr Media stated that Defendant Clovr Media is the owner of certain trademark rights in the 8 mark CLOVR and has filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to 9 register the mark CLOVR 10 II. JURISDICTION AND SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO ATTORNEYS AT LAW Plaintiff Clover Network has not yet served Clovr Media. 12 F ENWICK & W EST LLP 11 This action arises under the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201 et seq., for a 13 declaration of the parties’ rights federal and state law, including the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 14 1501 et seq. This Court has subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331 and 28 15 U.S.C. § 1338. 16 Clover Network contends that this Court has personal jurisdiction over Defendant Clovr 17 Media because, inter alia, it has purposefully directed its activities relating to the CLOVR mark, 18 which is the subject matter of this action, into the Northern District of California. Among other 19 things, Clovr Media has asserted rights in the CLOVR mark against Plaintiff Clover Network, in 20 the Northern District of California. Accordingly, Defendant Clovr Media has established the 21 requisite minimum contacts with this District, and exercise of jurisdiction would comport with 22 traditional notions of substantial justice and fair play. Venue is proper in this Court pursuant to 23 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b). 24 III. FACTS 25 This is a trademark infringement case. On May 20, 2011, Defendant Clovr Media, 26 through counsel, sent a cease and desist letter to Plaintiff Clover Network regarding its use of the 27 term CLOVER. The cease and desist letter alleged that Clover Network’s use of CLOVER 28 CLOVER NETWORK’S CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT 2 CASE NO.: C 11-02859 JSC 1 constitutes “infringement” of Defendant Clovr Media’s rights under federal and state law and is 2 “likely to create considerable confusion” with Defendant’s name, website, and mark. Plaintiff 3 filed this action on June 10, 2011, seeking a declaration from this Court that it is lawfully using 4 the term CLOVER and the CLOVER NETWORK mark and is not infringing any rights of Clovr 5 Media. The parties are engaged in ongoing settlement negotiations, and Clovr Media has not yet 6 7 been served with process. 8 IV. FACTUAL ISSUES Clover Network is currently aware of the following factual issues presented in this case: 9 10 (1) whether the marks and names are similar in terms of sight, sound and meaning; 11 (2) whether Clover Network and Clovr Media promote their businesses through the SAN FRANCISCO ATTORNEYS AT LAW F ENWICK & W EST LLP 12 same channels; (3) 13 14 whether the goods and services offered by Clover Network and Clovr Media overlap; 15 (4) whether Clovr Media’s marks and name are strong; 16 (5) whether Clovr Media’s marks and name are famous; 17 (6) whether the parties’ likely zones of expansion overlap; and 18 (8) whether there has been actual confusion; and 19 (9) whether Clovr Media has suffered injury. 20 V. LEGAL ISSUES 21 Clover Network is currently aware of the following legal issues presented in this case: 22 (1) 23 24 25 26 27 28 whether Clover Network’s use of the name and mark CLOVER NETWORK creates a likelihood of confusion with Clovr Media’s marks and name; (3) whether Clover Network’s use of the name and mark CLOVER NETWORK constitutes unfair competition; (4) whether Clover Network’s use of the name and mark CLOVER NETWORK infringes any mark of Clovr Media under the Lanham Act or California Law. Clover Network reserves the right to contest any additional factual or legal issues in the CLOVER NETWORK’S CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT 3 CASE NO.: C 11-02859 JSC 1 event Clovr Media is served, enters an appearance, and raises such issues. 2 VI. 3 MOTIONS Clover Network filed an Administrative Motion to Consider Whether Cases Should Be 4 Related (Dkt. No. 5), which the Court denied on August 19, 2011 (Dkt. No. 9). 5 VII. 6 AMENDMENT OF PLEADINGS Clover Network reserves the right to amend its complaint as it continues to investigate the 7 dispute between the parties. 8 VIII. EVIDENCE PRESERVATION 9 10 11 Clover Network has taken reasonable steps to preserve evidence, including electronically stored information, as well as all relevant hard copy files. IX. DISCLOSURES SAN FRANCISCO ATTORNEYS AT LAW F ENWICK & W EST LLP 12 As set forth above, in order to facilitate the parties’ ongoing settlement discussions, 13 Clover Network has refrained from serving Clovr Media. Until it does so, and until Clovr Media 14 enters an appearance, Clover Network believes it premature to set any other schedule, such as for 15 party disclosures under Rule 26(a)(1) and other obligations under the Northern District’s Local 16 Rules, and for trial. 17 X. 18 19 20 21 DISCOVERY Neither Clover Network nor Clovr Media has served discovery requests on any parties to this action or on any other third parties. Clover Network anticipates that the scope of discovery will cover the factual and legal issues identified above, including all related, ancillary, and subsidiary factual and legal issues and matters. 22 XI. 23 CLASS ACTIONS This matter is not a class action. 24 25 XII. RELATED CASES As noted above, the Court found that Clover Sites, Inc. v. Clover Network, Inc., Case No. 26 C 11-03600 JSW, which is also pending in this District, is not related to the present action. 27 Clover Network is not aware of any other related cases. 28 CLOVER NETWORK’S CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT 4 CASE NO.: C 11-02859 JSC 1 XIII. RELIEF 2 As pled in its Complaint, Clover Network seeks the following relief: 3 (1) 4 CLOVER NETWORK mark; (2) 5 6 a declaration that Clover Network can lawfully use the term CLOVER and the a declaration that Clover Network’s use of CLOVER does not constitute infringement under federal or state laws; 7 (3) Clover Network’s attorneys’ fees, expenses, and costs; 8 (4) any further relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2202; and 9 (5) such further relief as the Court deems just and reasonable. 10 XIV. SETTLEMENT AND ADR 11 With respect to ADR, the parties have not yet reached an agreement, as they are currently SAN FRANCISCO ATTORNEYS AT LAW F ENWICK & W EST LLP 12 pursuing efforts at resolving the case outside of any formal ADR process. 13 XV. 14 CONSENT TO MAGISTRATE JUDGE FOR ALL PURPOSES On August 24, 2011, Clover Network filed its consent to magistrate jurisdiction for all 15 purposes. 16 XVI. OTHER REFERENCES 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Clover Network does not believe that this case is suitable for reference to binding arbitration, a special master, or the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. XVII. NARROWING OF ISSUES Clover Network is not aware of any issues that can be narrowed at this time. XVIII. EXPEDITED SCHEDULE Clover Network does not believe that this case is suitable for resolution on an expedited basis with streamlined procedures. 24 XIX. SCHEDULING 25 26 27 As set forth above, Clover Network has not yet formally served the complaint on Clovr Media. Unless and until Clover Network serves Clovr Media and Clovr Media enters an appearance, Clover Network believes it is premature to set any other schedule, such as for party 28 CLOVER NETWORK’S CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT 5 CASE NO.: C 11-02859 JSC 1 disclosures under Rule 26(a)(1) or for trial. 2 XX. 3 TRIAL Clover Network has requested a jury trial. Clover Network expects the trial to require 7- 4 10 full court days. 5 XXI. DISCLOSURE OF NON-PARTY INTERESTED ENTITIES OR PERSONS 6 On June 10, 2011, Clover Network filed its disclosure of interested parties pursuant to 7 Civil Local Rule 3-16 certifying that there are no interested parties. 8 XXII. OTHER MATTERS 9 None. 10 11 Dated: September 16, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO ATTORNEYS AT LAW F ENWICK & W EST LLP 12 FENWICK & WEST LLP By: 13 /s/ Jedediah Wakefield Jedediah Wakefield Attorneys for Plaintiff Clover Network, Inc. 14 15 16 17 PROPOSED ORDER Having considered the foregoing, and good cause appearing therefore, i. 18 19 20 the case management conference currently scheduled for September 22, 2011 is 10/20/11 hereby continued to ______ at 1:30 p.m., joint CMC statement due 10/13/11. ii. All deadlines under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26, including disclosure obligations under Rule 26 (f), are continued accordingly. 21 22 IT IS SO ORDERED. 23 24 September 19 Dated: ________________, 2011 25 _______________________________________ The Honorable Jacqueline S. Corley United States Magistrate Judge 26 27 28 CLOVER NETWORK’S CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT 6 CASE NO.: C 11-02859 JSC

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