The Sound of Contempt

Judge Mazzant granted the plaintiff’s motion for civil contempt due to the defendant’s violations of the permanent injunction in this case based on infringing guitars, but declined to consider the arguments raised for the first time in the reply brief (helpfully noting that the plaintiff should “feel free to file a new motion for civil contempt” as to those issues).

Motion To Transfer Venue in Trademark Action Recommended Denied

The magistrate judge in this Austin Division case concluded that the proposed transferee venue was not clearly more convenient, discussing the relevant factors under Fifth Circuit law, including as set out in In re Planned Parenthood and Texas district court caselaw on the convenience factors.  The difference between the analysis in this case under Fifth Circuit law and in patent cases under Federal Circuit caselaw was striking.