In an opinion today, Judge Rakoff dismissed a case in which a company holding a perpetual license to the “Del Monte” trademarks for fresh fruits a vegetables alleged that the nominal owner had abandoned all foreign trademarks, so as to render them invalid under the Lanham Act.  Although there are various instances in which the Lanham Act can apply outside the U.S., Judge Rakoff ruled that it would be “grossly intrusive” for the Lanham Act to go so far as to render foreign trademarks invalid:
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