OGDEN, UTAH, November 16, 2007 — The United States District Court for the District of Utah denied motions for both companies in an ongoing dispute over trademarks between Trace Minerals Research (TMR) and Mineral Resources International (MRI) on Thursday.
The Court denied MRI’s motion to have fraud charges against them thrown out and ruled that a jury must decide whether MRI owns the trademarks it is currently using in foreign countries.
TMR alleges that MRI sold the international trademark rights to TMR in 1999 and used the marks thereafter pursuant to a license granted by TMR. In June 2007, the court ruled that MRI breached its license with TMR and committed trademark infringement by continuing to use trademarks owned by TMR after TMR terminated its license agreement with MRI in March 2005. TMR filed a lawsuit citing trademark infringement and misuse of intellectual property in July 2006.
Trace Minerals Research (www.traceminerals.com) markets and distributes essential minerals harvested from Utah’s Great Salt Lake for supplement use. The company uses these naturally balanced, naturally occurring minerals as the basis for all products in its brand product line. Extensive research supports the need to keep minerals in proper balance throughout the body in order to achieve optimal health. Trace Minerals Research is focused solely on servicing the natural products industry, and the company’s complete line of superior quality nutritional supplements is backed by a “Feel the Difference or Your Money Back” guarantee.
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