Personal Jurisdiction in Trademark Infringement Cases

In an important trademark infringement case, the Federal District Court in New Jersey concluded that since plaintiff failed to establish that defendant had minimum contacts with New Jersey, New Jersey did not have personal jurisdiction over defendant Ameripay, LLC ("Ameripay") and Ameripay Payroll, Ltd. ("AP") were payroll service providers. Ameripay owned the trademark, "AMERIPAY.” Upon discovering that AP had acquired the Internet domain name "ameripay.com" Ameripay sued defendant AP of violating the Lanham Act by registering and operating "ameripay.com" for the purpose of doing business as a payroll service provider. The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey found that Ameripay failed to carry its burden of establishing that the court may exercise personal jurisdiction over AP in New Jersey due to the paucity of AP's contacts in New Jersey.

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