If the person, association or union proves a violation by a preponderance of the evidence, the court may award the costs of investigating the violation and of prosecuting the suit, including reasonable investigator and attorney fees.
In case such association or union is not incorporated, such actions may be commenced and prosecuted by an officer or member of such association or union on behalf of and for the use of such association or union.
This section does not apply to the purchase of merchandise in good faith from a distributor or the retail sale of that merchandise in good faith.
Any of the following is a defense to liability under this section:
The registrant fraudulently obtained the mark registration.
The mark is used by the registrant, or with the permission of the registrant or a person in privity with the registrant, to misrepresent the source of the goods or services in connection with which the mark is used.
The use of the name, term or device alleged to be an infringement is a use, except for a use as a trade or service mark, of any of the following:
A term or device which is descriptive of, and which is used fairly and in good faith only to describe to users, the party's goods and services or the geographic origin of the party's goods and services.
Before the person, association or union registered a mark under s. 132.01
the defendant acquired the right under common law or federal law to manufacture, use, display or sell an identical mark.
History: 1985 a. 181
For a challenged mark to be "identical to or substantially identical to" a registered mark under sub. (1), it must be an exact copy or substantially indistinguishable from the registered mark. Madison Reprographics v. Cook's Reprographics, 203 Wis. 2d 226
, 552 N.W.2d 440
(Ct. App. 1996), 95-2596
Filing, publication and cancellation of description; fees. 132.04(1)(1)
Any person who is the owner of cans, tubs, firkins, boxes, bottles, casks, barrels, kegs, cartons, tanks, fountains, vessels or containers with his or her names, brands, designs, trademarks, devices or other marks of ownership stamped, impressed, labeled, blown in or otherwise marked thereon, may file with the secretary of state and record with the register of deeds of any county in which the person has his or her principal place of business, a written statement or description verified by affidavit of the owner or his or her agent, of the names, brands, designs, trademarks, devices or other marks of ownership used by him or her, and of the articles upon which they are used, or if the principal place of business is outside the state, then a written statement or verified description may be recorded with the register of deeds of any county. The statement shall be published as a class 3 notice, under ch. 985
, in the county, and a copy of the publication, proved as provided in s. 985.12
, shall also be filed with the secretary of state and recorded with the register of deeds.
All such written statements or descriptions and all such certificates of publication so filed or recorded shall be subject at all reasonable hours to public inspection. The secretary of state and the register of deeds shall deliver to all applicants certified copies of all such written statements or descriptions or names, brands, designs, trademarks, devices, or other marks of ownership and of all certificates of publication filed or recorded with them and such certified copies shall be admissible in evidence in all prosecutions under ss. 132.04
, and shall be prima facie evidence that this section has been complied with, and of the title of the owner named therein to the property upon which the name, brand, design, trademark, device or other marks of ownership of the owner appear as described therein.
The secretary of state shall receive a fee of $15 and the register of deeds shall receive the fee specified in s. 59.43 (2) (ag)
for each statement and certificate of publication filed or recorded and shall also receive the fee specified in s. 59.43 (2) (b)
for each certified copy of such statement and certificate of publication, to be paid for by the person filing, recording or applying for the same.
The secretary of state and register of deeds shall cancel a statement or description under this section upon the request of the person named in the records of the secretary of state or register of deeds as the owner of marks of ownership described in the statement or description.
The secretary of state and register of deeds may not charge a fee for canceling a statement or description under par. (a)
Sale of receptacle by other than owner prohibited.
It is unlawful for any person, without the written consent of the owner or the owner's agent, to keep for sale any can, tub, firkin, box, bottle, cask, barrel, keg, carton, tank, fountain, vessel or container that is marked or distinguished as described in s. 132.04
, a description of which is filed, or recorded and published as provided in s. 132.04
, or to use or fill any similar substance, commodity or product as originally contained for the sale of the substance, commodity or product any such can, tub, firkin, box, bottle, cask, barrel, keg, carton, tank, fountain, vessel or container or to receive, take, buy, sell, or dispose of or traffic in any such can, tub, firkin, bottle, box, cask, barrel, keg, carton, tank, fountain, vessel or container, or to deface, erase, obliterate, cover up or otherwise remove or conceal any such name, brand, design, trademark, device or other mark thereon, for the purpose of destroying or removing the evidence of the ownership of such article.
History: 1993 a. 301
Use of receptacle by other than owner; as to junk dealers.
The use by any person, other than the owner or the owner's agent, of any can, tub, firkin, box, bottle, cask, barrel, keg, carton, tank, fountain, vessel or container, as described in s. 132.04
, for the sale of any substance, commodity or product, other than that originally contained, or the buying, selling, or trafficking in any such can, tub, firkin, box, bottle, cask, barrel, keg, carton, tank, fountain, vessel or container, or the fact that any junk dealer in cans, tubs, firkins, boxes, bottles, casks, barrels, kegs, cartons, tanks, fountains, vessels or containers, shall have in his or her possession any can, tub, firkin, box, bottle, cask, barrel, keg, carton, tank, fountain, vessel or container that is marked or stamped as described in s. 132.04
, a description of which is filed, recorded and published as provided in s. 132.04
, is prima facie evidence that such using, buying, selling or trafficking in or possession of is unlawful within the meaning of ss. 132.04
History: 1993 a. 301
Penalty for unlawful use.
Any person or persons or corporation or any officer or agent of any corporation acting for or in the name of such corporation who knowingly and willfully with intent to unlawfully convert to his or her own use violates s. 132.04
shall be imprisoned for not more than 6 months or fined not more than $10,000 or both.
History: 1985 a. 181
Rights of owner to injunction.
Every such person or corporation having complied with ss. 132.04
, may proceed by suit to enjoin any other person or corporation from filling with any substance, commodity or product for the sale therein of such substance, commodity or product any can, tub, firkin, box, bottle, cask, barrel, keg, carton, tank, fountain, vessel or container, so marked or distinguished as aforesaid or from buying, selling, using or disposing of or trafficking in the same, or from defacing, erasing, obliterating, covering up or otherwise removing any such name, brand, design, trademark, device or other marks of ownership thereon, for the purpose of destroying or removing the evidence of the ownership of such article, and all courts having equity jurisdiction shall have power to grant injunctions according to the course and principles of courts of equity, to restrain such filling for sale or such buying, selling, giving away, using or disposing of, or trafficking in or such defacing, erasing, obliterating, covering up, or otherwise removing or the violation of any right acquired under ss. 132.04
, and upon a decree being rendered in any such case against the defendant, the complainant shall be entitled to recover the damages the complainant may have sustained by reason of the said acts of the defendant and the court shall assess the same or cause the same to be assessed under its direction.
Record of brands, etc. 132.11(1)
The secretary of state shall do all of the following:
Upon application by any person, or firm domiciled in this state or by any corporation created under the laws thereof, or by a foreign corporation licensed to do business therein and engaged in the manufacture or sale of ale, porter, lager beer, soda water, mineral water or other beverages put up in packages, record in a book kept for that purpose a description of the names, brand or trademark used by such person, firm or corporation for marking the casks, barrels, kegs, bottles, jugs, fountains, boxes or other packages containing such beverage.
Collect a fee of $15 for each such description of name, brand or trademark which he or she is requested to record under par. (a)
Cancel the description of a name, brand or trademark recorded under par. (a)
upon the request of the person, firm or corporation named in the records of the secretary of state as the owner of the name, brand or trademark. The secretary of state may not charge a fee for canceling a description under this paragraph.
Except as provided in s. 132.01 (6)
, nothing in this chapter is intended to be contrary to or to control or modify the provisions of this section.
History: 1989 a. 91
Labeling prison products; penalty. 132.13(1)(a)(a)
All goods, wares, and merchandise made wholly or in part by convict labor in any penitentiary, prison, reformatory or other establishment in which convict labor is employed except convicts or prisoners on parole, extended supervision or probation, shall before being exposed for sale be branded, labeled, marked or tagged as herein provided and shall not be exposed for sale or sold in this state without such brand, label, mark or tag. Such brand, label, mark or tag shall contain at the head or top thereof the words "convict-made" followed by the name of the penitentiary, prison, or other establishment in which it was made in plain English lettering of the style and size known as eighteen point Cheltenham bold type capitals. The brand or mark shall in all cases where the nature of the articles will permit be placed on each individual article or part of such article that is sold, and only where such branding or marking is impossible shall a label or tag be used and where a label is used it shall be securely pasted onto each such article and when a tag is used it shall be a paper tag securely fastened to such article or part of article sold. In addition to the marking of each article or part of article sold a similar brand, mark, label or tag shall be placed upon the outside or upon its box, crate, or other covering. All brands, labels, marks, and tags shall be placed on a conspicuous part of such article or part of article and its container.
It shall be the duty of the district attorneys of the several counties to enforce this section, whenever any complaint or other evidence leads them to reasonably believe that this section has been violated. The district attorney shall upon receipt of such complaint or other evidence at once institute proper legal proceedings to compel compliance therewith.
Any person who possesses for the purpose of sale or offering for sale any convict-made goods, wares or merchandise without the brands, marks, labels or tags thereon as required by this section or who removes or defaces such brand, mark, label or tag or who sells a part of such article without attaching such brand, mark, label or tag, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not more than 90 days or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Lodge names, insignia; registration; fees; penalty. 132.16(1)(a)
"Organization" means any association, lodge, order, fraternal society, beneficial association, or fraternal and beneficial society or association; historical, military, or veterans organization; labor union; foundation; federation; or any other society, organization, or association, degree, branch, subordinate lodge, or auxiliary thereof, whether incorporated or unincorporated, the principles and activities of which are not repugnant to the constitution and laws of the United States or of this state.
"Identifying information" means an organization's name, badge, motto, button, decoration, charm, emblem, rosette or other insignia.
Any organization may register, in the office of the secretary of state, a facsimile, duplicate, or description of any of the organization's identifying information and may, by reregistration, alter or cancel the organization's identifying information.
Application for registration or reregistration under sub. (1m)
shall be made by the organization's chief officer or officers upon forms provided by the secretary of state. The registration shall be for the use, benefit, and on behalf of the organization and the organization's current and future individual members throughout this state.
The secretary of state shall keep a properly indexed file of all registrations under this section, which shall also show any alterations or cancelations by reregistration.
No registration or reregistration shall be granted for any identifying information similar to identifying information already registered under this section.
Upon granting registration under this section, the secretary of state shall issue his or her certificate to the petitioners, setting forth the fact of the registration.
The fees of the secretary of state for registration or reregistration under this section, searches made by the secretary of state, and certificates issued by the secretary of state under this section, shall be the same as provided by law for similar services. The fees collected under this section shall be paid by the secretary of state into the state treasury.
Any person who willfully wears, exhibits, displays, prints, or uses for any purpose any identifying information of any organization registered under this section, unless he or she is entitled to do so under the organizations' constitution and bylaws, rules, and regulations, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding $100, and, in default of payment, may be committed to jail for a period of not to exceed 60 days.
This section does not apply to any fraternal society whose membership is composed of students attending any public or private school in the state.
Certain badges; penalty for unauthorized wearing.
Any person who shall willfully wear the insignia, rosette, or badge or any imitation thereof, of the military order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, the Grand Army of the Republic, the United Spanish War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, the Military Order of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the Thirty-second Division Veteran Association, the American Veterans of World War II (AMVETS), or of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the United States, Knights of Columbus, Odd Fellows, Free Masons, Knights of Pythias, or of any other society, order or organization, operating under the lodge system, of 10 years' standing in this state, or of any duly incorporated fraternal, social, or service organization, or of the division of emergency management in the department of military affairs or shall willfully use the same to obtain aid or assistance thereby within this state, or shall willfully use the name of such society, order or organization, the titles of its officers, or its insignia, unless entitled to use or wear the same under the constitution, bylaws, rules and regulations thereof, shall be imprisoned not more than 30 days or fined not exceeding $20, or both.
Use of gaseous compounds in containers. 132.18(1)(1)
No person, firm or corporation, excepting the manufacturer thereof or persons authorized by said manufacturer so to do, shall sell or offer for sale or deliver, carbon dioxide, acetylene, oxygen, hydrogen or any other gas or gaseous compound, shipped, consigned or delivered in steel containers or containers made of other metal, unless such containers shall bear upon the surface thereof, in plainly legible characters, the name, initials or trademark of the manufacturer.
No person, firm or corporation other than such manufacturer or persons authorized by such manufacturer so to do, shall refill or use in any manner such container or receptacle which has imprinted thereon the name, initials or trademark of such manufacturer, for any gas, compound or other material whatsoever.
No person, firm or corporation to whom such product of said manufacturer has been sold or delivered in such containers, shall sell, loan, deliver or permit to be delivered such containers to any persons whomsoever other than such manufacturer or persons authorized by such manufacturer to receive the delivery of such containers.
The foregoing provisions shall not apply to any carbon dioxide or other products above referred to, contained in such containers, unless the title to such containers is retained by said manufacturer or its representative and unless said carbon dioxide and other products contained in said containers were sold and delivered upon the understanding and agreement that the container in which it was delivered shall be returned to such manufacturer or its representative as soon as the contents thereof have been used up by the purchaser.
Any person who shall fail to comply with any of the foregoing provisions of this section shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year or by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Use of mark without authority.
Every person who knowingly and willfully uses or displays the genuine mark of any person, association or union in any manner, or in or about the sale of goods or merchandise not being authorized so to do by such person, union or association, shall be imprisoned for not more than 3 months or fined not more than $100. This section does not apply to the purchase of merchandise in good faith from a distributor or the retail sale of that merchandise in good faith.
History: 1985 a. 181
Trafficking in counterfeit marks. 132.20(1)
In this section, "traffic" means any of the following:
Advertise, promote or offer to transfer, assign or dispose of.
Receive, possess, transport or exercise control of, with intent to transfer, assign or dispose of.
Any person who, with intent to deceive, traffics or attempts to traffic in this state in a counterfeit mark or in any goods or service bearing or provided under a counterfeit mark is guilty of a Class H felony, except that, notwithstanding the maximum fine specified in s. 939.50 (3) (h)
, if the person is an individual he or she may be fined not more than $250,000 and if the person is not an individual the person may be fined not more than $1,000,000.
It is a defense to liability under this section that before another person registered an identical mark under s. 132.01
a person acquired the right under common law or federal law to traffic in a mark.
Common law rights.
Nothing in this chapter affects any right in a mark which is acquired under common law.
History: 1985 a. 181