George L. Little Jr. has been practicing law for over 40 years and has extensive experience counseling clients regarding branding, marketing, advertising and competition issues. Mr. Little’s current practice emphasis includes brand creation and protection, design creation and protection and marketing and distribution of branded products.
- Represented an export company in a breach of contract claim and counterclaim for trade dress infringement which resulted in preliminary injunction against the plaintiff and a favorable opinion by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Represented a Fortune 200 consumer goods company in a suit for false and misleading advertising and successfully enjoined a print advertisement.
- Represented Universal Furniture International Inc., a home furnishings manufacturer, in a suit against Collezione Europa USA, Inc., a furniture wholesaler, based on Collezione’s infringing imitations of Universal’s highly successful Grand Inheritance and English Manor furniture collections and Collezione’s marketing of those imitations. The court found (1) that Collezione had infringed upon Universal’s valid copyrights in Universal’s Grand Inheritance collection and English Manor collection; (2) that Collezione had passed off Universal’s furniture as Collezione’s, in violation of the Lanham Act; and (3) that Collezione’s violation of the Lanham Act also constituted an unfair and deceptive trade practice in violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. After additional hearings related to monetary remedies the court awarded Universal Furniture International Inc. an amount that represented the entirety of Collezione’s gross sales of the infringing furniture, as permitted by the Copyright Act.
- Universal Furniture Int’l, Inc. v. Collezione Europa USA, Inc., No. 1:04CV00977, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31026, aff’d, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10880 (M.D.N.C. Feb. 12, 2009).
- Represented the manufacturer of L’eggs® pantyhose in action to enjoin use of LEG LOOKS® mark on re-designed packaging. The Fourth Circuit reversed the judge of the District Court and remanded the case with instructions to enter an order permanently enjoining defendant from affixing its LEG LOOKS® trademark to any of its products placed in the same channels of distribution as those in which L’eggs® products are sold. Sara Lee Corp. v. Kayser-Roth Corp., 81 F.3d 455 (4th Cir. 1996).
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D. (1967) with honors
- Davidson College, A.B. (1964)
- North Carolina (1967)
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