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Internet Trademark Case Summaries Sdn.Bhd. v. FreeI Networks, Inc.

No. C00-1101Z (W.D. Wash. Sept. 22, 2000)

Plaintiff licensee asserted that defendant licensor breached their license agreement by failing to perform certain obligations.  Defendant asserted several counterclaims, including a claim for conversion based on plaintiff's registration of trademarks and domain names in the licensed territory and failing to transfer them to defendant.  Noting that conversion applies only to chattels, the district court dismissed defendant's counterclaim for conversion, finding that "a trademark is not a chattel under Washington law."