Chiulli aids in securing trademark victory in “Monster” case

BOSTON/PROVIDENCE (Feb. 11, 2016) – In collaboration with Suffolk Law’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic, C. Alexander Chiulli helped successfully defend the interests of the small business Monster Fish Keepers before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

The Monster Energy Beverage Company opposed the granting of federal trademark rights for the mark MONSTERFISHKEEPERS. It is a significant victory for Monster Fish Keepers and for hundreds of other small business that have been bullied by Monster Energy with its claim that it possesses exclusive rights to the word “Monster.”

Through his involvement with the clinic, Chiulli and others worked on the Monster case for over three years under the direction of clinic director Eve Brown. “I’m proud of our victory in this case,” said Chiulli. “The work of the clinic benefits small business like Monster Fish Keepers, that may not have otherwise had the financial resources to continue fighting and see a case like this through to a result.”

Brown and the clinic, including Chiulli, won another trademark case in October 2015 against Nautica on behalf of another small business client.

C. Alexander Chiulli is an associate at Barton Gilman, focusing his practice on a wide array of civil litigation matters, with a concentration on intellectual property, Internet law, privacy and information law, entrepreneurship, and First Amendment issues. He received his J.D. from Suffolk Law in 2013 as an Intellectual Property Concentration Graduate with Distinction, and received the Stanley W. Sokoloff Intellectual Property Award. Chiulli has since presented at Suffolk Law on the topic of “Ethics in Practice: The Distinction between Morals, Ethics, Policy, Rules, and Law.” He has authored a “practice pointer” section in Global Internet Law (West 2013), and a Global Internet Law in a Nutshell (West 2012).

About Barton Gilman

Barton Gilman is one of New England’s leading civil litigation law firms with offices in Boston and Providence. Its experienced trial attorneys appear regularly in the federal and state courts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The Providence Business News has named the firm one of Rhode Island’s Best Places to Work from 2008–2012 and again from 2014–2015.