LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The latest chapter in the federal court case tees up the issue of whether Ion Media Networks must stop using “Ion” to identify its Television Network. On Monday Positive Ions, Inc. has filed for an injunction that, if granted, will effectively require the media giant to change its name. The case (Positive Ions Inc. v. Ion Media Networks, CV 06-4296 ABC (FFMx)) is pending in Los Angeles before United States District Court Judge Audrey Collins.
Ion Media Networks (formerly Paxson Communications) formally changed its corporate name in 2006 despite knowledge of a filed federal lawsuit alleging that doing so may infringe on Positive Ions’ trademark “Ion.” Ion Media Networks management did not inform shareholders of the lawsuit or the alleged infringement. Ion Media Networks then changed the name of its television station to Ion Television despite the ongoing lawsuit.
Positive Ions has registered trademarks on the word “Ion” and has used the mark in commerce since 1999. Ion Media Networks has also begun to use the slogan “What’s Your Ion?” despite that Positive Ions and its ION® Channels have used the slogan “What Do You Have Your Ion?” since 1999.
Ion Media Networks recently announced that it is under consideration for a $100 million acquisition by NBC Universal and the Citadel investment group.
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