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Geoffrey Inc. v. Stratton

filed*fn*: December 27, 1991.

GEOFFREY, INC., A DELAWARD CORPORATION, PLAINTIFF/APPELLEE.
v.
DOUGLAS S. STRATTON, D/B/A PHONES-R-US, DEFENDANT/APPELLANT,



Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California; Robert M. Takasugi, District Judge, Presiding. DC No. CV 88-5032-RMT.

Before: Farris, Pregerson, Thompson, Circuit Judges.

MEMORANDUM

Stratton appeals from the district court's order and final judgment, which found that Stratton's use of the mark and tradename "PHONES-R-US" infringed and diluted Geoffrey's federal and common law rights in the "TOYS 'R' US" and other "'R' US" marks in violation of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1114(1), and Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 14330. Stratton also appeals from the district court's order enjoining Stratton from using "PHONES-R-US," "ARE US," "R US," or any colorable imitation thereof in connection with Stratton's telephone sales and repair business. We affirm.

Geoffrey's claims are not barred by laches. The district court's conclusion that Stratton did not prove the required change in position or resulting prejudice is not clearly erroneous. See E-Systems, Inc. v. Monitek, Inc., 720 F.2d 604, 607 (9th Cir. 1983) (defendant "incurred substantial advertising expenditures and rapidly expanded its business").

The district court's conclusion that Stratton's use of "PHONES-R-US" infringed and diluted Geoffrey's federal and common law rights in the "TOYS 'R' US" and other "'R' US" marks also is not clearly erroneous. See Lindy Pen Co., Inc. v. Bic Pen Corp., 725 F.2d 1240, 1246 (9th Cir. 1984), cert. denied, 469 U.S. 1188 (1985) ("test for likelihood of confusion in this circuit . . . embraces confusion as to the association between the goods or sponsorship of the allegedly infringing goods").

Other issues raised by Stratton on appeal are unsupported by the record or were not raised before the district court and thus should not be considered on appeal. See Abex Corp. v. Ski's Enterprises, Inc., 748 F.2d 513, 516 (9th Cir. 1984).

Finally, pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 1116(1), the district court had "the power to grant injunctions . . . upon such terms as the court may deem reasonable to prevent the violation of any right of the registrant of a mark registered in the Patent or Trademark Office." See also Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 14330(b). The district court's injunction is not unreasonable.

AFFIRMED.

Disposition

AFFIRM ...


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