Author: Connor Hansen

Connor Hansen

Connor’s practice focuses on patent and trademark litigation and related actions involving intellectual property rights. He has represented clients in federal district court, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB), and the International Trade Commission (ITC). Connor also has a passion for pro bono work and has represented clients at the Social Security Administration and the Board of Veterans Appeals.

Wine Dispute Has No Legs: Trademark Opposition Alone Insufficient to Create a Justiciable Controversy for Declaratory Judgment Actions

Two recent decisions from the Western District of North Carolina in Winestore Holdings LLC v. Justin Vineyards & Winery LLC provide a tasting of the requirements for bringing a declaratory judgment action for non-infringement of a trademark in federal court. The Court in Winestore held continue reading...

Gatorade: The Sport Fuel Company for “Average Joes”

In 2016, SportFuel sued PepsiCo for using their registered trademark “SPORTFUEL” in a slogan used to advertise Gatorade products. SportFuel is a personalized nutrition consulting firm in Chicago. They also market sports drinks and supplements, like their “energizing phytonutrient powder mix” which contains the antioxidant continue reading...