STELOR PRODUCTIONS, INC. v. OOGLES N GOOGLES et al

Filing 193

Michelle Cote and Paul MacNeill's ANSWER to 183 Amended Complaint, filed by MICHELLE COTE.(Vaughan, Stephen)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS DIVISION STELOR PRODUCTIONS, LLC ) ) Plaintiff ) ) ) v. ) ) ) OOGLES N GOOGLES FRANCHISING LLC ) et. al. Defendants. ) ) ) Case Number: 1:05-CV-0354-DFH-TAB Jury Demanded MICHELLE COTE AND PAUL MACNEILL'S ANSWER TO PLAINTIFF'S THIRD AMENDED COMPLAINT Michelle Cote ("Cote") and Paul MacNeill ("MacNeill"), by counsel, for their Answer to Plaintiff's Third Amended Complaint state as follows: FIRST DEFENSE 1. Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth of, and therefore deny the allegations of paragraph 1. 2. Paragraph 2 makes no allegations against Cote and MacNeill. To the extent an answer is required to this paragraph, Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth of, and therefore deny the allegations of paragraph 2. 3. Paragraph 3 makes no allegations against Cote and MacNeill. To the extent an answer is required to this paragraph, Cote and MacNeill deny said allegations. 4. Paragraph 4 makes no allegations against Cote and MacNeill. To the extent an answer is required to this paragraph, Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth of, and therefore deny the allegations of paragraph 4. 5. Paragraph 5 makes no allegations against Cote and MacNeill. To the extent an answer is required to this paragraph, Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth of, and therefore deny the allegations of paragraph 5. 6. 7. Cote and MacNeill deny paragraph 6. Paragraph 7 makes no allegations against Cote and MacNeill. To the extent an answer is required to this paragraph, Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth of, and therefore deny the allegations of paragraph 7. 8. Paragraph 8 makes no allegations against Cote and MacNeill. To the extent an answer is required to this paragraph, Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth of, and therefore deny the allegations of paragraph 8. 9. 10. Cote and MacNeill deny paragraph 9. Cote and MacNeill admit that Plaintiff makes claims for trademark infringement, unfair competition, and dilution, but deny liability for such claims of paragraph 10. 11. Cote and MacNeill admit this Court has subject matter jurisdiction but deny the remaining allegations in paragraph 11. 12. Cote and MacNeill admit venue is proper in this district, but deny any remaining allegations of paragraph 12. 13. Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth of, and therefore deny the allegations of paragraph 13. 14. 15. Cote and MacNeill deny the allegations of paragraph 14. Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth of, and therefore deny the allegations of paragraph 15. 16. 17. Cote and MacNeill deny the allegations of paragraph 16. Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth 2 of, and therefore deny the allegations of paragraph 17. 18. Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth of, and therefore deny the allegations of paragraph 18. 19. 20. Cote and MacNeill deny the allegations of paragraph 19. Paragraph 20 makes no allegations against Cote and MacNeill. To the extent an answer is required to this paragraph, Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth of, and therefore deny the allegations of paragraph 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Cote and MacNeill deny paragraph 21. Cote and MacNeill deny paragraph 22. Cote and MacNeill deny the allegations of paragraph 23. Paragraph 24 makes no allegations against Cote and MacNeill. To the extent an answer is required to this paragraph, Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth of, and therefore deny the allegations of paragraph 24. 25. Paragraph 25 makes no allegations against Cote and MacNeill. To the extent an answer is required to this paragraph, Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth of, and therefore denies the allegations of paragraph 25. 26. Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth of, and therefore denies the allegations of paragraph 26. 27. Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth of, and therefore denies the allegations of paragraph 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. Cote and MacNeill deny paragraph 28. Cote and MacNeill deny paragraph 29. Cote and MacNeill deny paragraph 30. Cote and MacNeill are without sufficient knowledge to form a belief as to the truth 3 of, and therefore deny the allegations of paragraph 31. 32. 33. Cote and MacNeill deny paragraph 32. Cote and MacNeill deny paragraph 33. 34 - 43. Cote and MacNeill deny paragraphs 34 through 43. 44 49. Cote and MacNeill deny paragraphs 44 through 49. 50 54. Cote and MacNeill deny paragraphs 50 through 54. 55 57. Cote and MacNeill deny paragraphs 55 through 57. 58 69. Paragraphs 58 through 69 comprise a prayer for judgment by the Plaintiff. To the extent that Cote and MacNeill are required to admit or deny such a prayer for judgment, she denies paragraphs 58 through 69. SECOND DEFENSE Plaintiff's Third Amended Complaint fails to state claim upon which relief can be granted. THIRD DEFENSE The Oogles n Googles name and trademark do not infringe Plaintiff's alleged trademarks because there is no likelihood of confusion between the Oogles n Googles name and Plaintiff's alleged trademarks or between Oogles n Googles services and any goods or services allegedly offered for sale by Plaintiff. FOURTH DEFENSE Cote and MacNeill have made no representations whatsoever regarding Plaintiff's alleged goods and services, nor have they falsely represented any facts pertaining the origin, 4 sponsorship, approval, quality, characteristics, or geographic origin of Oogles n Googles services. FIFTH DEFENSE Plaintiff's claims are barred because Plaintiff and prior alleged owners of the alleged trademarks have not used such marks in commerce as trademarks to identify the source or origin of its alleged goods or services. SIXTH DEFENSE Plaintiff's claims are barred because Cote and MacNeill have done nothing to mislead, deceive or confuse consumers or to generate likelihood of confusion as to the source or origin of Oogles n Googles' services, or the source or origin of Plaintiff's alleged goods and services. SEVENTH DEFENSE Subject to discovery, Plaintiff's claims are barred by doctrine of unclean hands. EIGHTH DEFENSE Subject to discovery, Plaintiff's claims are barred by fair use. NINTH DEFENSE . Subject to discovery, Plaintiff's claims are barred by laches and/or statutes of limitations. 5 TENTH DEFENSE Plaintiff's alleged trademarks are not famous except to the extent the Google, Inc., has made the word "Google" famous; Plaintiff has no right to make claims based upon the fame of Google, Inc.'s trademarks. ELEVENTH DEFENSE Oogles n Googles use of its name and trademark in commerce preceded any alleged fame of Plaintiff's alleged trademarks. TWELFTH DEFENSE Plaintiff's alleged trademarks are not distinctive or famous and in any case no dilution has occurred to Plaintiff's alleged trademarks irrespective of their lack of distinctiveness or fame. THIRTEENTH DEFENSE Plaintiff's claims are barred because Plaintiff has incurred no damages. FOURTEENTH DEFENSE Subject to discovery, Plaintiff's claims are barred because of waiver, acquiescence and/or estoppel. FIFTEENTH DEFENSE Plaintiff and/or other alleged predecessor owners of the alleged trademarks have abandoned the alleged trademarks. 6 SIXTEENTH DEFENSE Subject to discovery, Plaintiff has failed to mitigate its damages. SEVENTEENTH DEFENSE Plaintiff and/or the prior alleged owner(s) of the alleged trademarks committed fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. EIGHTEENTH DEFENSE Plaintiff does not have a federal registration for the word "googles" as a trademark, nor does Plaintiff have any common law or other trademark rights to the word "googles". NINETEENTH DEFENSE Cote and MacNeill had no knowledge or notice of Plaintiff, Plaintiff's alleged goods and services, or Plaintiff's alleged trademarks prior to being notified of Plaintiff's lawsuit. Wherefore, Cote and MacNeill pray for judgment in their favor, costs of this action including attorney fees, and all other just and proper relief. 7 JURY DEMAND Cote and MacNeill demand trial by jury. Respectfully submitted by: /s/ Stephen L. Vaughan Stephen L. Vaughan, #2294-49 INDIANO VAUGHAN LLP One N. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 1300 Indianapolis, IN 46204 Telephone: (317) 822-0033 Fax: (317) 822-0055 E-mail: Steve@IPLawIndiana.com CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on August 28, 2008, a copy of the foregoing Michelle Cote and Paul MacNeill's Answer to Counterclaim to Plaintiff's Third Amended Complaint was filed electronically on all counsel of record. Notice of this filing will be sent to all counsel of record by operation of the Court's electronic filing system. Parties may access this filing through the Court's system. /s/ Stephen L. Vaughan Stephen L. Vaughan, #2294-49 INDIANO VAUGHAN LLP One N. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 1300 Indianapolis, IN 46204 E-mail: Steve@IPLawIndiana.com 8

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