Voluntary Cessation Doctrine in Trademark Cases

By David Martinez and Tommy Du

December 2022

Parties may avoid potential attorney fee and cost exposure under the Lanham Act by invoking the voluntary cessation doctrine, which generally provides that a party may cease an unlawful practice to moot a claim. A recent federal district court decision illustrates the contours of the voluntary cessation doctrine and provides a roadmap on how to invoke it to moot declaratory relief jurisdiction.

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David Martinez


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Pro Bono Chair, Los Angeles Office

Tommy H. Du


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