Cat clown Yuri Kuklachev and his son Dmitri are suing their ex-promoter, Mark Gelfman, for, among other things, federal and common-law trademark infringement, false endorsement, unfair competition and invasion of rights of publicity and privacy. They are arguing that Gelfman secretly filed a registration with the US Patent and Trademark Office, claiming the name “Moscow Cats Theatre” as his own. They are seeking 10 million dollars in damages.
The complaint points out the unique skills of the plaintiffs:
Through the use of proprietary animal training methods, developed by Yuri Kuklachev, Plaintiffs became widely recognized as the worlds first performers to successfully train and perform tricks with such notoriously stubborn animals as cats.
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