Represented Park Place Entertainment in 2000 when it announced its intent to build a multimillion dollar new entertainment venue on its landmark Caesars Palace property which it announced would be known as The Colosseum. While the convention center at Caesars Palace had always been known as the Colosseum, Park Place did not own any federal registration for that mark. Shortly after the announcement a trademark squatter filed an intent-to-use application for Colosseum for various services related to the operation of an entertainment venue. When Park Place announced that the Colosseum at Caesars Palace would open in February 2003, the intent-to-use application had already been published and a notice of allowance had issued. The trademark squatter then contacted Park Place threatening to sue for violation of his rights. We met with this person and explained that Park Place's rights in Colosseum went back to the very beginning of the Hotel but it quickly became clear that the individual was not interested in settling but in waiting until the opening was about to occur and then seek to file court papers knowing the damage that such publicity would do, even if his claim lacked any merit. Park Place filed a declaratory judgment action and moved for an expedited trial so that a decision could be rendered more than 90 days before the opening. After a full bench trial, the court granted Park Place all the relief it sought, including cancellation of the trademark squatter's application and monetary damages. When the monetary damages were not paid, we successfully argued for the issuance of a bench warrant. On appeal the Ninth Circuit affirmed.

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