Sprint lands $9.7 million jury prize in TM suit for Nextel counterfeits

By Jasmin Jackson (April 19, 2022, 3:07 p.m. EDT) – A Florida federal jury has awarded Sprint Communications Inc. $9.7 million for trademark infringement claims against an imitation brand Nextel and the company that helped launch it, finding that counterfeit phones and walkie-talkies diluted two of the Sprint unit’s brands.

After a six-day trial in the Sunshine State, jurors returned a verdict Monday that Retrobrands USA LLC — which specializes in recreating famous brands that have been discontinued — and a copycat version of Nextel Communications infringed Sprint’s trademarks. for “Nextel” and the shrill sound of unity on push-to-talk devices.

Retrobrands helped create the copycat telecommunications company,…

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