Minnesota Public Radio Sues 'Listen Current' For Infringing Its Trademark For 'The Current'
June 30, 2016 at 4:00 AM (PT)
MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO has filed a trademark infringement suit in U.S. District Court for MINNESOTA against LISTEN INNOVATION INC. d/b/a LISTEN CURRENT for infringing on MPR's mark for Triple A KCMP (THE CURRENT)/MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL.
MPR was granted federal trademarks for THE CURRENT on OCTOBER 2, 2007 and NOVEMBER 27. 2007. The defendant is marketing a website under the names LISTEN CURRENT and LISTENCURRENT.COM that offers curation of public radio programming. MPR's suit alleges that it sent a cease and desist letter in 2014 to no avail, and then the defendant filed its own trademark application, to which MPR objected and which the defendant subsequently withdrew.
The suit asks for damages, an injunction preventing further use of the infringing mark, and costs and attorney's fees.