Court gives companies more time to resolve trademark dispute

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DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has given the parties more time to resolve their trademark dispute over beauty products.

On Thursday, she granted the parties’ stipulation to extend time for the defendants to respond to the complaint.

The judge said American Create Beauty Corp., American Dong Sheng Corp., and Weidong Guo must respond to the complaint of Yoshitsu Co. Ltd. on or before Feb. 29, 2020.

According to the stipulation filed in court by the lawyers of the defendants and the plaintiff, “This extension is requested as the parties are engaged in discussion for potential settlement or resolution as to the preliminary injunction and the complaint.”

YST sued Weidong Guo, who operates American Beauty Corp. and American Dong Sheng Corp., for trademark infringement and asked the court to issue a preliminary injunction.

YST is a Japanese company that has sole ownership of a design trademark which reads, “Tokyo Seikatsukan” or “Tokyo Lifestyle Store.”

The complaint stated that in April 2018, YST granted a revocable, non-exclusive license to American Beauty Corp. and American Dong Sheng Corp. to use YST’s trademark logo for the defendants’ two drug and cosmetics stores on Saipan.

The trademark logo was displayed prominently on both stores and the two stores also purchased goods from YST to be sold to customers.

On Feb. 26, 2019, YST gave written notice to the two stores that their license to use the trademark was revoked effective March 6, 2019 and that they no longer had permission to use its trademark.

In its lawsuit, YST said to date neither store has stopped using the logo nor has taken down the logo from their stores or their vans.

Represented by attorney Cong “Dennis” Nie, YST wants the court to award it up to $2 million in damages for each trademark infringement violation committed by the two stores.

Attorney Robert T. Torres represents the defendants.

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