The Board denied Bose`s motion for summary judgment and refused to consider Bose`s fraud claims against CEDIA as to the registrations.
Indianapolis, Ind. -The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) has received another ruling in its favor from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in the action brought by Bose Corporation to cancel CEDIA's trademark registrations in the term "Electronic Lifestyles." The Board denied Bose's motion for summary judgment and refused to consider Bose's fraud claims against CEDIA as to the registrations. CEDIA had previously received a ruling that one of Bose's claims was filed too late and that CEDIA's registration in the publications category could not be canceled under the grounds that it would cause confusion in the marketplace, as initially filed by Bose.
CEDIA's President, Ray Lepper, said: "We are pleased by this latest ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in CEDIA's favor. We continue to believe that this action by Bose is wholly unwarranted, harmful to our association and represents a very misguided corporate culture at what could otherwise be an active and productive member of CEDIA." Billilynne Keller, CEDIA's Executive Director, said: "We are confident that ultimately CEDIA will prevail in the entire trademark action, and I hope that at that time it is not too late for Bose to repair the damage it has done to the association and, perhaps, to Bose's reputation in the industry."
CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,000 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. CEDIA members include Residential Electronics Systems Professionals who have emerged as the "fourth contractor" in the building and remodeling industries alongside electrical, plumbing and HVAC professionals. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association's Web site at www.cedia.org.