Heslin Rothenberg clients deal John Deere a setback in ‘gray market’ goods case – The Business Review

By: Eric Durr

The clients of an Albany law firm fighting the maker of John Deere farm equipment in a trademark infringement case, have won the latest round in their legal battle with Moline, Ill. based Deere  Company.

Four farm-equipment companies, represented by Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., which specializes in intellectual property cases, are arguing they can sell John Deere harvesters made for sale and used in Europe to customers in the United States. Heslin Rothenberg’s clients in the case include Bourdeau Bros., a Champlain, Clinton County, farm-equipment seller.

In a March 30 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the federal circuit directed the U.S. International Trade Commission to revisit an earlier ruling upholding Deere’s contention that sales of the harvesters violated U.S. law.

“I think it is a significant win for our clients,” said David Miranda, the Heslin Rothenberg partner who handled the case. “The federal circuit is a significant court.”

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