Washington DC partner Gary Rinkerman was quoted in Women’s Wear Daily, the fashion industry’s most widely read trade journal, in connection with firm client Blue Sphere, Inc.’s case against Taylor Swift and her business entities.

The case centers on Swift’s unauthorized commercial use of “Lucky 13” in violation of our client’s “Lucky 13” trademark, and the parties are currently in discovery contesting whether Swift will be ordered to sit for a deposition.    WWD quoted Gary as follows:

“Our position is that [Swift] is a properly named party, is portrayed as being fully in control of her businesses, is keenly aware of her own trademark claims,  and has received the deposition notice properly within the discovery period for the case – after her organization was ordered by the Court to provide discovery responses they withheld.”  The WWD article also stated:   “The original suit petitioned for Swift’s profits from the ‘Lucky 13’ emblazoned t-shirt and greeting cards, as well as damages that Rinkerman says “keep rising as the costs mount and the effects of the infringement continue.” He called [Lucky 13 brand founder Robert] Kloetzly “a dedicated artist and businessman who built his brand from scratch. The fact that Ms. Swift and her organizations feel like the brand suits them does not give them a right to appropriate it and then ignore the consequences.”

In addition to Gary, the Blue Sphere litigation team includes Drinker Biddle partner Brian Coleman and associates Phil Cardinale and Nathan Pollard at the DC office.  

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