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S&B Represents South Dakota-Based Book Publisher in Trademark Infringement Action Involving Works by the Nineteenth Century German Writer Karl May

Karl May is a famous nineteenth century German author who created many memorable old western characters, including "Winnetou," a fictional Apache chief, and "Old Shatterhand," his German blood brother. Karl May's works were very popular in Germany and reverted to the public domain in 1963. S&B's client is a South Dakota-based publisher who translates Karl May's works with the cooperation of the Karl May Society of Germany (Karl May Gesselschaft), which has made many of Karl May's original works available to the public. The South Dakota-based publisher, and their related companies are being sued by Plaintiffs, a German national and a company she formed, who claim to own the trademark rights in the name of the Apache character "Winnetou," and who allege trademark infringement and related claims against our clients. The South Dakota-based publisher denies any such claims, and has filed counter-claims to cancel the Plaintiffs' purported trademarks. The matter has been favorably resolved.

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