August 17, 2015 Judge Robert Mariani issued a permanent injunction restraining Eric Kovaleski, Robert Kovaleski and ANYONE ELSE acting in concert with them from infringing MOO DUK KWAN® trademarks and he also entered a $115,560 judgment against Eric Kovaleski, Robert Kovaleski and Tang Soo Karate School, Inc. for Infringing MOO DUK KWAN® trademarks
Martial Art Instructor Charged and Arrested For Trademark Counterfeiting
He issued certificates to his students bearing registered trademarks affixed without a license from the trademark owners. His students trusted him and believed him until an instructor contacted one of the organizations they had received rank certificates from to confirm that their rank certificate was legitimate; however, it was not.
The U.S. Supreme Court held that a plaintiff in a trademark infringement suit is not required to show that a defendant willfully infringed the plaintiff’s trademark as a precondition to an award of the infringer’s profits.
What Can Happen When You Don’t Pay A Trademark Infringement Judgment?
Certainly, there are many competent and skilled martial art instructors teaching many different martial art systems and their students may excel in those respective systems, but beware of any instructor who uses another’s trademarks to lure in unsuspecting new students with the promise of learning a well known trademarked martial art system that the instructor is not licensed to teach.