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Inst. of Certified Mgmt. Accountants v.
Int’l Inst. of Certified Mgmt. Accountants

No. C04-0321P (W.D. Wash. filed February 13, 2004)

Attorneys

O. Yale Lewis, Jr.

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Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Intellectual Property

The Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Inc. (“ICMA”), a New Jersey corporation, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the interests of management accountants and financial management professionals, as well as to providing educational, testing, certification and professional development programs for management accountants and financial management professionals. In February 2004, ICMA sued the International Institute of Certified Management Accountants (“IICMA”), a Washington entity, in federal court in Seattle, Washington. ICMA alleged that IICMA was willfully using service marks similar to those of ICMA to brand and promote a competing credentials, certification, education and testing program for management accountants. ICMA’s complaint alleged claims for trademark infringement, false designation of origin, unfair competition, trademark dilution arising under the Trademark Act, unfair competition and an accounting arising under the laws of the State of Washington.

After multiple motions and orders relating to various jurisdictional and venue issues, including an “Order Directing Parties to Show Cause Why This Court has Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Under the Lanham Act,” in 2005 Hendricks & Lewis successfully obtained a judgment granting all of the relief ICMA had requested.


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