It Looks Like The Merck v. Merck Lanham Act Name Litigation May Be Settling: Yesterday’s Status Conference In New Jersey

We’ve covered this narrative arc for a solid decade now, back to early 2009 — from the first Facebook “squatting” flap, through to this current global, cross courts’ set of suits. [Just a few of the more recent, of dozens of backgrounders of mine may be found here — and under these other links.]

But given the long date for the next status call, it is highly likely that an agreed settlement is being discussed, between the “German” Merck, and Kenilworth. It certainly has been mind-numbingly deliberate about arriving. . . even though we’ve expected it for five long years. Here’s the order, in full text:

. . . .By agreement of the parties as discussed at the October 29, 2019 telephone conference, this matter is stayed until the telephone conference on January 29, 2020.

So Ordered by Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer on 10/29/2019. . . .

Now you know. . . with other round number milestones rapidly approaching. . . grin.


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