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Feb. 29 — A federal appeals court ruling allowing Amazon.com Inc. to offer products for sale based on a trademark search for a product it didn't carry won't be reviewed by the Supreme Court.
Late in 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held 2-1 that there was no likelihood of confusion when Amazon users entered the search term “mtm special ops” and Amazon—which does not carry Special Ops wristwatches—returned a list of competing products.
Multi Time Machine Inc., which holds trademark rights in the name “Special Ops” for military-style watches, petitioned the high court for review when one judge on the three-judge Ninth Circuit panel changed his vote on rehearing the case.
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