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Yurman Design, Inc. v. PAJ, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
262 F.3d 101 (2001)
Yurman, Inc. (plaintiff), known for designing jewelry pieces that incorporated twisted cable, demanded in a letter that PAJ, Inc. (defendant) cease production and sale of a PAJ jewelry line that allegedly copied Yurman’s designs. PAJ did not respond to Yurman’s letter within the time requested, and Yurman sued PAJ in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, asserting claims of: (1) copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, (2) trade-dress infringement under the Lanham Act, and (3) unfair competition under New York law. Yurman asserted its trade-dress claim and its state-law claim as to its entire product line, and it asserted its copyright claim for individual pieces within that product line for which Yurman had obtained copyright registrations. A jury rendered a verdict for Yurman on all three claims. PAJ moved for judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) on all three claims. The district court denied the JMOL motion in its entirety and entered judgment against PAJ on all claims. PAJ appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Jacobs, J.)
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