Winchester Mystery House, LLC, Files Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Against The Asylum, Inc.

12/16/2009 - San Jose, Ca

Winchester Mystery House, LLC, today announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the California Superior Court for the County of Santa Clara, against Los Angeles-based entertainment production company and distributor, The Asylum, Inc. (Case No. 1-09-CV-155403).

The Winchester Mystery House, LLC's complaint alleges claims for trademark infringement and unfair competition by The Asylum for its unauthorized use of Winchester Mystery House™ trademarks, in connection with The Asylum’s recent October 2009 DVD release, currently entitled “Haunting of Winchester House.” The complaint seeks redress for the misleading impression that the DVD product is tied to the world famous San Jose landmark and tourist attraction. The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief, as well as compensatory and punitive damages.

“The Winchester Mystery House, LLC intellectual property rights protect a valuable landmark of world-wide historic and popular interest,” said Shozo Kagoshima, General Manager of Winchester Mystery House, LLC operations. "Winchester Mystery House, LLC vigorously protects its intellectual property rights. Infringers need to understand that we will use all means to shut down infringement and obtain restitution."

About The Winchester Mystery House:

The Winchester Mystery House is a California State Historical Landmark (#868) and was designed and built by Winchester rifle heiress, Sarah Winchester.

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