Successful I.P Case for Las Vegas Sands

Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands has won an intellectual property case involving its trademark and brand intellectual property.

LVS filed the case in a US District Court against 54 website owners and the First Cagayan Leisure & Resort Corporation licensing and registration jurisdiction claiming the illegal use of LVS registered brands and trademarks.

The case came to a close this week when Judge James Mahan ruled in favor of LVS requiring website owners to pay $2 million to LVS for using the brands plus $150,000 for copyright infringements.
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    I'd be surprised if he gets any kind of satisfaction as a result of this decision - it was obvious from the get go that online casinos using the name "Las Vegas Sands" were infringing and that they would be found in breach if they were taken to court, but being based outside America, I fail to see how this judgement can ever be enforced???
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    I'll bet that Adelson is feeling pretty good about this win. The trouble now is, how is he going to get his money. They say these 54 website owners are mostly Asian and are very hard to locate due to their sort of incorrect names and addresses used in the registration. Even if he can't locate the domain owners, these websites can be shut down. Maybe shutting them down is not quite as good as getting the money, but he already has a lot of money.

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