Film Production Companies Fight For Prehistoric Trademark.

NEW HAVEN, February 18, 2009 -- A lawsuit was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut pitting Trilobite Pictures against Trilobyte Pictures, LLC.

The plaintiff Trilobite Pictures is a film company with its principal place of business in Bristol, Connecticut. The defendant Trilobyte Pictures, LLC is a film company located in St. Paul Minnesota.

A trilobite is an extinct, hard-shelled, segmented creature that existed over 300 million years ago during the Paleozoic Era.

The Connecticut Trilobite Films claims to have been using their prehistoric trademarks since 2000 in connection with producing, creating and distributing films, documentaries and other creative works. They have also been using the domain name trilobitepictures.com.

According to the complaint, Trilobyte Pictures LLC commenced operations in 2004 by using the trademark TRILOBYTE PICTURES in connection with films, documentaries and other creative material in addition to publishing a web site at trilobytepictures.com.

Legal counsel for Trilobite Pictures purportedly sent a cease and desist letter to Trilobyte Pictures LLC on January 16, 2009 demanding that Trilobyte Pictures LLC stop using all variations of TRILOBITE PICTURES in addition to the trilobytepictures.com domain name.

The plaintiff is seeking a permanent injunction and damages in connection with claims for trademark infringement, cybersquatting, false designation of origin, and unfair competition.

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