Poker firm fights infringements

Aug 2, 2005 12:57 AM

With the proliferation of poker tournaments, the "Big Daddy" of the current phenomenon, WPT Enterprises Inc., creator of the World Poker Tour television show has found itself repeatedly in court protecting its intellectual property.

Fortunately for the company, WPT Enterprises has prevailed in a number of litigations through an aggressive posture toward protection against infringers in order to safeguard and enhance its brands and images.

Recently, the company prevailed in infringement cases involving the following:

Ultimate Poker Challenge TV Show for using WPTE footage and for superimposing the Ultimate Poker Challenge mark over the World Poker Tour mark. for infringement of four WPT episodes, posted for "Bit Torrent" downloads. for trademark infringements.

WagerLogic Ltd. for infringement relating to four trademark applications.

Mid-Ohio Super Satellite No Limit Championship for trademark infringement.

World Poker Productions Inc. for trademark infringements and for trademark domain name infringement in Chile.

A lawyer for the firm said that the "World Poker Tour is a globally recognizable brand, and we will aggressively police the misuse of our intellectual property."