NEW YORK, NY – The International Trademark Association (INTA) announced its support to the state of Oregon as they recently signed into law legislation that harmonizes Oregon trademark law with federal trademark law and reflects principles contained in the Model State Trademark Bill (MSTB) developed by INTA, according to the Association.

“By enacting this legislation, Oregon once again shows its dedication to protecting businesses and consumers by providing assistance and support for growth in this ailing economy. We commend Oregon for taking action and for its leadership to other states as they consider similar laws,” INTA Executive Director Alan Drewsen said.

This legislation will help to stimulate growth of the Oregon economy by ensuring full state trademark protection for businesses.  The new Act prohibits trademark infringement and provides that damages awarded may be three times the injury in a case of bad faith or knowing infringement.

“This new law is the result of businesses and government working together to achieve a long-needed update to Oregon’s trademark statute, and it will benefit both the state’s economy and consumers,” Anne Glazer, a partner in the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP stated.

“Oregonians and others who rely on the state law will now see the advantages of greater harmonization among state and federal trademark laws,” he added.

Forty-six states have adopted some form of the model state trademark law, but Oregon becomes the third state, along with California and Mississippi, to adopt the newest version of the model bill which provides a cause of action for trademark dilution for marks that are famous within the state, and sets forth definitions and standards consistent with the federal Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2006.

Source: ag-IP-news