By: Samuel Littlepage

On behalf of the nationally well-known professional boxing promoter, New Jersey Sports Productions, d/b/a Main Events, Samuel Littlepage (Member, Washington, D.C.) and Melissa Alcantara (Member, Washington, D.C.) have filed a trademark infringement and unfair competition action in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Tampa Division) charging a St. Petersburg company, Main Event Boxing Gym, with violating the federal Lanham Act in connection with that Florida company’s boxing operations.  Partnering with HBO, ESPN and NBC, New Jersey Sports Productions has been promoting, broadcasting and producing professional boxing matches since the late 1970s, including producing multiple world championship events (featuring such boxing greats as Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman and Mike Tyson).  The Florida defendant, in addition to operating a boxing gym and training facility, uses professional boxers to promote boxing matches in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. 
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Mr. Littlepage has successfully prosecuted federal trademark infringement/unfair competition case against major hotel resort chain resulting in jury award of monetary damages and court-ordered nationwide injunction.  He has vast expertise in trademark, trade dress, copyright, false advertising, and unfair competition litigation.  Please contact Mr. Littlepage in our Washington, D.C. office at 202-659-6920. 
Ms. Alcantara’s practice focuses on trademark and unfair competition litigation. She has represented clients in a number of federal courts, both prosecuting and defending claims of trademark infringement, false advertising, trademark dilution and unfair competition. She also has assisted clients with disputes before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark  Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), including through trial, and has significant experience with domain name enforcement matters. Ms. Alcantara’s practice includes U.S. trademark prosecution, trademark availability counseling, as well as management of foreign opposition and cancellation proceedings. Please call Melissa in the Washington, D.C. office at 202-659-6949.