About the Author
Melissa McLaughlin is a member of Venable's Commercial Litigation group. She has experience defending clients in complex commercial cases and consumer class action litigation. Ms. McLaughlin frequently represents clients in matters involving trademark infringement and unfair competition claims.
For an unwary manufacturer, entering into a distribution agreement can result in the loss of rights in its own trademarks. Under some circumstances, a distributor can acquire ownership of trademarks in goods it did not manufacture, even if the manufacturer believes it owns the rights.
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