The case of the day is AFL Telecommunications, LLC v. SurplusEQ.com Inc. (D. Ariz. 2012). According to the complaint, AFL alleged that SurplusEQ was selling counterfeit products bearing the FUJIKURA mark (AFL claimed to be the exclusive US licensee of rights in the mark, which was owned by AFL’s parent company, Fujikura Ltd.), and containing software that infringed Fujikura’s copyright (again, AFL claimed to be the exclusive US licensee of the right to distribute the copyrighted software). The other defendants were Tech Sales LLCV and Daniel Parsons. The defendants sought a commission to take the depositions of three Fujikura officers in Japan, as AFL was not prepared to produce them voluntarily in the United States. In particular, the defendants sought a commission to an…

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