WellPet sued Honest Paws for federal and state trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition relating to Honest Paws’ alleged improper use of WellPet’s WELLNESS trademark. WellPet, a Tewksbury company, asserts that Honest Paws, a Texas company, is subject to personal jurisdiction in Massachusetts because the company is “present and doing business” in the state either directly or through their agents and selling product into the state. WellPet has registrations for WELLNESS for pet food, treats, and dietary supplements for pets. Honest Paws is said to have begun selling dog treats and supplements using the WELLNESS mark in January 2020, and has ignored WellPet’s demands to stop selling products under the mark.
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