Wednesday, December 25, 2013

City Centre One Associates v. Teachers Insurance & Annuity Assn. of America case brief

City Centre One Associates v. Teachers Insurance & Annuity Assn. of America case brief summary
680 F. Supp. 658 (1987)

CASE SYNOPSIS
Plaintiff developers sued for copyright and trade dress infringement and moved for a preliminary injunction against defendant developers.

CASE FACTS
Plaintiff developers initiated a trademark and copyright infringement action and sought a preliminary injunction against defendant developers because of defendants' unauthorized copying of plaintiffs' copyrighted architectural plans. Plaintiffs sought to have defendants enjoined from further construction of a house based on the copied plans.

DISCUSSION

  • The court granted certain of the relief requested but denied the preliminary relief enjoining the further construction of the infringing home. 
  • The court found that plaintiffs were likely to succeed on the merits of their copyright infringement claim and had sustained irreparable harm. 
  • The court enjoined defendants from further copying of the architectural plans and relying on any infringing copies. 
  • The court also found that the plaintiffs were unlikely to establish the elements for a federal or state claim for trade dress infringement and that no further injunctive relief was warranted.
CONCLUSION
The court found that plaintiffs were likely to succeed on the merits of their copyright claim and were entitled to enjoin defendants from further copying of the architectural plans and relying on any infringing copies.


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