Trek Bicycle Loses Trademark Lawsuit

Bike manufacturer sued northern California Trek Winery, arguing it violated federal and state trademark infringement laws by using the Trek name.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Trek Bicycle Corp. has lost a federal trademark lawsuit it filed against the northern California Trek Winery.

The Wisconsin-based bike manufacturer sued the winery in federal court, arguing that it violated federal and state trademark infringement laws by using the Trek name.

But U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb on Tuesday granted a motion by the Novato, Calif., winery to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction. She ruled that the bike maker failed to show that the winery had sufficient contacts with Wisconsin to satisfy legal requirements for the lawsuit to be heard in federal court in Wisconsin.

Attorneys for both the winery and the bike maker did not immediately return calls seeking comment on the ruling.

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