A federal judge has granted an agreed motion to dismiss a company’s trademark-infringement suit against the operator of eFileTexas.gov, the state’s new electronic-filing system for court documents.
TexasFile had sued Tyler Technologies Inc., claiming that TexFile, the old name of the state’s e-filing system, infringed on its trademarks. The suit, filed on Oct. 30, 2013, partly caused Tyler Technologies to change the name of the e-filing system, which the company operates by contract with the Texas Office of Court Administration.
U.S. District Judge Ron Clark of the Eastern District of Texas in Sherman dismissed the suit with prejudice and ordered each party to pay its own costs on Jan. 8 after granting the parties’ Agreed Joint Motion to Dismiss With Prejudice.
“All matters in controversy between Plaintiff and Defendant have been fully compromised and settled, and those parties no longer desire to prosecute their respective claims and counterclaims,” says the Jan. 6 joint motion.
Launched in 2006, TexasFile provides online access to records from 180 Texas counties. Among other things, it alleged TexFile’s name, logo and website infringed on its trademarks and were likely to make people confused that TexFile was associated with TexasFile.
TexasFile’s lawyer, Trey Cox, declined comment when asked if the e-filing system’s name change sparked the settlement. He declined comment about whether his client collected damages.
“I have a contractual agreement to say it’s been resolved with a settlement … the terms of which are confidential,” explained Cox, partner in Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox in Dallas.
K&L Gates partner John Sullivan of Houston, who represented Tyler Technologies, didn’t immediately return a call for comment. Previously, he said Tyler Technologies denied any trademark infringement but made the name change “to help avoid this controversy and to expedite the e-filing that’s required by the [Texas] Supreme Court.”