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Trademark Litigation: Obtaining or Opposing Preliminary Injunctions and Temporary Restraining Orders

Navigating Inconsistent Court Treatment and Demonstrating Irreparable Harm

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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This CLE course will provide guidance to trademark counsel on temporary restraining orders (TROs) and preliminary injunctions (PIs) in trademark infringement cases. The panel will discuss the courts’ treatment of irreparable harm in trademark cases since the eBay decision and will offer guidance for overcoming the hurdles of obtaining or opposing these emergency motions.


TROs and PIs have been the standard remedy to challenge and stop trademark infringements at an early stage. TROs and PIs or the threat of them can cause a defendant to halt production or lock down advertising campaigns and warehouses of branded merchandise. A PI is a powerful tool that often prompts defendants to rethink, redesign or abandon the challenged brand.

Since the Supreme Court, in eBay v. MercExchange (U.S. 2006), rejected the notion that there is a presumption of irreparable harm upon a finding of infringement for purposes of determining whether to grant a permanent injunction in patent cases, appellate and district courts have reached inconsistent conclusions about whether the long-established rule that a trademark owner is entitled to a presumption of irreparable harm upon a showing of a likelihood of confusion is still applicable in trademark cases.

In addition to overcoming the hurdle of demonstrating a likelihood of success on the merits, trademark counsel are often faced with the challenge of presenting sufficient evidence of irreparable harm in order to persuade a court to grant an injunction.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines the requirements for obtaining a PI or TRO and what defendants need to do to avoid them. The panel will discuss considerations that should be weighed before seeking a TRO or PI and the hurdles that arise for plaintiffs, including challenges of proving irreparable harm. They will also offer guidance for overcoming the hurdles.



  1. Considerations when deciding whether to seek a TRO or PI
  2. Requirements for TROs and PIs
  3. The viability of the presumption of irreparable harm after eBay v. Mercexchange
  4. How to demonstrate irreparable harm in trademark cases


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • Strategic considerations to determine whether preliminary relief should be sought

  • Steps to prove irreparable harm to obtain an injunction

  • Practical lessons from rulings regarding TROs and PIs in recent trademark infringement cases


Maynard, Bryce
Bryce J. Maynard

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Mr. Maynard focuses his practice in the area of trademark law. He has significant experience in trademark litigation,...  |  Read More

Georgia E. Yanchar
Georgia E. Yanchar

Calfee Halter & Griswold

Ms. Yanchar concentrates her practice on IP and information technology litigation and counseling. Her experience...  |  Read More

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