Google Inc. v. American Blind & Wallpaper Factory, Inc.

Filing 303

Reply Memorandum re 299 MOTION for Leave to File Counterdefendant Google Inc.'s Motion for Administrative Relief Seeking Leave to File a Non-Argumentative Statement of Recent Decision AMERICAN BLIND AND WALLPAPER FACTORY, INC.'S RESONSE TO GOOGLE INC.'S MOTION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF SEEKING LEAVE TO FILE A NON-ARGUMENTATIVE STATEMENT OF RECENT DECISION filed byAmerican Blind & Wallpaper Factory, Inc., American Blind & Wallpaper Factory, Inc.. (Phillips, Robert) (Filed on 3/7/2007)

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Google Inc. v. American Blind & Wallpaper Factory, Inc. Doc. 303 Case 5:03-cv-05340-JF Document 303 Filed 03/07/2007 Page 1 of 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 KELLEY DRYE & WARREN LLP 333 WEST WACKER DRIVE SUITE 2600 CHICAGO, IL 60606 Robert N. Phillips (SBN 120970) Ethan B. Andelman (SBN 209101) HOWREY LLP 525 Market Street, Suite 3600 San Francisco, CA 94105 Telephone: (415) 848-4900 Facsimile: (415) 848-4999 David A. Rammelt (Admitted Pro Hac Vice) Susan J. Greenspon (Admitted Pro Hac Vice) KELLEY DRYE & WARREN LLP 333 West Wacker Drive, Suite 2600 Chicago, IL 60606 Telephone: (312) 857-7070 Facsimile: (312) 857-7095 Attorneys for Defendant/Counter-Plaintiff AMERICAN BLIND AND WALLPAPER FACTORY, INC. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA GOOGLE INC., a Delaware corporation, Plaintiff, v. AMERICAN BLIND & WALLPAPER FACTORY, INC., a Delaware corporation d/b/a decoratetoday.com, Inc.; and DOES 1100, inclusive, Defendants. AMERICAN BLIND & WALLPAPER FACTORY, INC., a Delaware corporation d/b/a decoratetoday.com, Inc., Counter-Plaintiff, v. GOOGLE, INC. Counter-Defendants. Case No. C 03-5340-JF (RS) AMERICAN BLIND AND WALLPAPER FACTORY, INC.'S RESPONSE TO GOOGLE INC.'S MOTION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF SEEKING LEAVE TO FILE A NONARGUMENTATIVE STATEMENT OF RECENT DECISION CH01/PLATC/217668.2 Dockets.Justia.com Case 5:03-cv-05340-JF Document 303 Filed 03/07/2007 Page 2 of 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 KELLEY DRYE & WARREN LLP 333 WEST WACKER DRIVE SUITE 2600 CHICAGO, IL 60606 American Blind & Wallpaper Factory, Inc. ("American Blind") declined Google's invitation to jointly to bring to the Court's attention Universal Communications Systems, Inc. v. Lycos, Inc., -- F.3d --, No. 06-1826, 2007 WL 549111 (1st Cir. Feb. 23, 2007), because the case has no bearing on the issues before this court, and is certainly not as relevant as the numerous keyword advertising cases that have already been briefed. In a letter dated March 2, 2007 to Google's counsel, American Blind explained why the First Circuit's holding in Universal was not germane to the issues before the Court. In the interest of providing the Court with a full record, American Blind is submitting its March 2, 2007 letter to Google (as Exhibit A to the accompanying Declaration of Caroline C. Plater), which notes the following reasons the Universal case is irrelevant: Universal involved the reference of a company name on an Internet message board, and was based upon Florida trademark dilution law not the Lanham Act. Ultimately, the reference was deemed permissible under the First Amendment and not precluded by Florida's dilution statute. Universal does not address the key issue here: whether Google's sale of trademarks as keywords constitutes "trademark use" under the Lanham Act. Accordingly, American Blind does not stipulate to filing the Universal decision. Dated: March 7, 2007 HOWREY LLP By: /s/Robert N. Phillips ROBERT N. PHILLIPS David A. Rammelt Susan J. Greenspon KELLEY DRYE & WARREN LLP 333 West Wacker Drive, Suite 2600 Chicago, Illinois 60606 Attorneys for Defendant/Counter-Plaintiff American Blind and Wallpaper Factory, Inc. CH01/PLATC/217668.2 -2-

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