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THE CHAMBERLAIN GROUP v. REXON INDUSTRIAL CORP.

United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division


December 6, 2005.

THE CHAMBERLAIN GROUP, INC., Plaintiff,
v.
REXON INDUSTRIAL CORP., LTD., et al., Defendants.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: MILTON SHADUR, Senior District Judge

MEMORANDUM ORDER

This action has just been reassigned to this Court's calendar from that of its colleague, Honorable George Marovich, as the result of Judge Marovich's declination under 28 U.S.C. § 294(b). Accordingly this Court is contemporaneously issuing its customary initial scheduling order, a copy of which is being transmitted to counsel for plaintiff The Chamberlain Group, Inc. ("Chamberlain") together with a copy of this memorandum order.

It is of course inappropriate for this Court to opine in any definitive or near-definitive way, at this threshold stage, as to Chamberlain's substantive claims — either under Counts I through IV (which charge patent infringement), or under the counts that assert federal trademark infringement (Count V), or under the remaining counts that set out a group of claims related to the latter (Counts VI through X). But in those last respects it would seem likely that particular heed may have to be given to the question whether defendants' adoption of the mark "Home Master" to designate their goods does encroach on what Chamberlain seeks to transmute from its five trademark registrations (Complaint ¶ 18) to what it consistently describes generically as "The MASTER family of trademarks" (id. and Complaint ¶¶ 20, 22, 24, 25, 29 and 30). Would Chamberlain, for example, sweep up the famous Master Lock trademark within its own proprietary "family" sphere?

  That, like all other issues in the case, remains for future consideration. In the meantime, this Court will await the January 10, 2006 status hearing for a progress report from the parties.

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