The Consequences of Not Answering a U.S. Trademark Violation Suit
If you are sued for trademark violation in the United States, you will receive an email the trademark owner’s lawyers which inform you that you must file an Answer within twenty-one days of a certain date. This information is also likely to be posted on a website to which the notice will direct you or to which your website or online store may redirect. An Answer is a legal document in which you are required to respond to the allegations contained in the trademark owner’s Complaint. The Complaint will also be posted on a website that will either be linked from the email you receive or the website to which your website redirects.
如果你在美国被起诉侵犯商标权，你将收到一封电子邮件，商标所有者的律师告诉 你，你必须在一个特定日期的二十一天内作出答复。此信息也可能被张贴在一个网站上， 通知将指示您或您的网站或在线商店可能重定向去到该网站。应诉是一个法律文件，在这 个文件中你需要对商标所有者的指控做出回应。指控也将被张贴在网站上，你收到的电子 邮件中有链接或您的网站重定向会去到该网站。
U.S. trademark violation lawsuits typically have hundreds if not thousands of defendants. It is an unfortunate fact that most defendants will not respond to a U.S. trademark violation lawsuit. The consequences of not answering a U.S. Trademark Violation suit are as follows:
A judgment will issue against you in the amount of $2 Million. The trademark owner always alleges that all defendants intentionally violated their trademarks. By not filing an Answer, you admit all allegations contained in the Complaint. The law allows damages of up to $2 Million per mark for intentional trademark infringement. Without an Answer having been filed and with all allegations of the Complaint admitted, the judge most often grants the trademark owner’s request for maximum damages.
判决将以 200 万美元的金额向你方提出。商标所有人总是声称所有的被告故意侵犯他 们的商标。没有提交答复，你就承认投诉中包含的所有指控。该法允许每一个故意商 标侵权高达 200 万美元的损害赔偿。没有提交答复和承认投诉的所有指控，法官往往 授予商标所有者的要求最大限度地损害赔偿。
If your Paypal account has been frozen, you will lose all funds in your Paypal account. You will also be unable to use your Paypal account in the future and may not be able to register a new Paypal account under your own name. As explained in my article 应该怪 Paypal 吗？ Don’t Blame Paypal, Paypal is not responsible for the account freeze but merely follows the order of the U.S. court. Paypal itself has been subjected to a lawsuit for providing a platform for trade in counterfeit goods. If a judgment is issued against you, you will essentially be declared a known counterfeiter. Paypal generally makes the business decision not to do business with known counterfeiters.
如果您的 Paypal 账户已被冻结，你将失去在 Paypal 账户中所有的资金。你也将在未 来无法使用你的 Paypal 帐户，可能也无法用你自己的名字再注册一个新的 Paypal 账 户。正如我的文章“”应该责怪 Paypal 吗?不要责怪 Payapl”所解释，Paypal 对账 户冻结不负责，而只是遵循美国法院的命令。Paypal 本身已经成为诉讼的主体：为假 冒商品贸易提供一个平台。如果针对你的判决签发，你基本上将被宣布为造假者。 Paypal 会做出不和造假者做生意的生意决策。
Your ability to do business online will be limited. You will not be able to use Paypal as a payment method. You may be banned from some online platforms as a known counterfeiter.
你在网上做生意的能力将被局限。你不能用 Paypal 作为支付手段。你由于是一个已知 的造假者将被某些线上平台禁止。
Any assets that you have may be subject to seizure. If a judgment is issued against you, the trademark owner will attempt to seize your assets whenever and they can. If you use other Paypal accounts or other Paypal accounts are associated with your business, whether or not you are the actual account owner, these accounts may be seized to satisfy the judgment. If you own real estate in the U.S., have money in U.S. banks or own domains through providers that are U.S. based, these assets may also be seized to satisfy the judgment.
你拥有的任何资产都有可能被没收。如果针对你的判决已经签发，商标所有者任何时 候都将试图获取你的资产而且他们有权力这样做。如果你使用其他 Paypal 帐户或其他 Paypal 帐户与你的业务相关联，不管你是不是这些账户的实际拥有者，这些帐户可能 会被获取用以满足判决。如果你在美国拥有房地产，在美国银行有资金或拥有设在美 国的域名提供商的域名，这些资产也可能被扣押以满足判决。
Beware of misinformation from unqualified sources on the internet who suggest you should not respond within twenty-one days as required but should instead pay them money in support of an implausible scheme that never has and never will protect the rights or property of any person accused of Trademark Violation. There are only limited circumstances in which an Answer may be filed late. The inability of a defendant to speak English well or to comprehend the Complaint or proceeding is not sufficient to have an American court permit a late filing or to vacate a judgment that has already issued as a result of the failure of the defendant to file an Answer. Obtaining permission to file an Answer late or attempting to vacate a judgment are difficult, complicated and expensive legal procedures. The service provisions of the Hague Convention, which require personal hand delivered service on individuals in different countries in most cases, do not apply where such service would be impossible or ineffective. The U.S. Court has already determined that this is the case and has given the trademark owner special permission to notify defendants of the lawsuit via email and websites. If you feel that any part of the lawsuit is unfair, your only means of contesting the method of service is to file an Answer within twenty-one days.
当心在网上的一些无资格的信息渠道的一些误传：建议你不应该在二十一天内作出回 应而应该付给他们钱支持一个从来没有保护也将不会保障被起诉商标侵权人的权利和财产 的不合理方案。只有一些有限的情况下，答复可能会延迟提交。而被告人不能讲一口流利 的英语或者不理解投诉或者诉讼不足以让一个美国法院允许逾期答复或撤销由于被告不能 提交答复而已经发布的判决。获得逾期答复的许可或试图撤销判决是困难的，复杂的和昂 贵的法律程序。海牙公约的服务规定在大多数情况下需要对不同国家的个人提供专人送达， 当这种服务是不可能或者无效时，海牙公约的服务规定并不适用。美国法院已经确定了这 一情况，并给予商标所有者特别许可，通过电子邮件和网站通知诉讼被告。如果你觉得诉 讼的任何部分是不公平的，你能挑战这种方式的唯一办法就是在 21 天内提交答复。
Facing a lawsuit for trademark violation in the U.S. is a difficult, stressful and perhaps even bewildering experience for most defendants. Through this blog, I attempt to explain the process and how I, as a U.S. Trademark Violation Defense lawyer, can help you. Every case is different and outcomes vary based on the facts of each case. In many cases I am able to help my clients avoid some or all of the Consequences of Not Answering a U.S. Trademark Violation Suit. Because so many defendants default, Trademark Violation cases are unique in American law in that the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois where many of these cases are filed has held that hiring an attorney, filing an Answer and providing truthful information tends to mitigate damages.
对于大多数被告来说，面临一个在美国商标侵权诉讼是非常困难，有压力甚至令人困 惑的体验。通过这个博客，我试图解释这个流程和我作为一个美国商标侵权辩护律师，可 以如何帮助你。每一个案件都不同，结果也根据每个案件的事实而有所不同。在许多情况 下，我可以帮助我的客户避免不答复美国商标侵权诉讼的部分或者所有后果。因为很多被 告由于未到庭而败诉，在美国法律下商标侵权案件是独特的，因为在很多案件提起诉讼的 伊利诺斯北部联邦地区法院认为请一位律师，提交答复并提供真实的信息往往会减轻损害。
If you are now facing a lawsuit in the U.S. for Trademark Violation, Contact The Law Office of L. Ford Banister, II immediately. Attorney Banister is licensed to practice law by the State of New York and the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. We put our resources and experience to work so that you may avoid The Harsh Consequences of Not Answering a U.S. Trademark Violation Suit.
如果你现在正面对在美国商标侵权诉讼，请立即联系 Banister 律师事务所。Banister 律师是纽约州和伊利诺斯州北部地区联邦地区法院的注册律师。我们投入我们的资源和经 验在工作中使您可以避免不答复美国商标侵权诉讼的后果。
The Consequences of Not Answering a U.S. Trademark Violation Suit