BALTIMORE (AP) — Seacrets, a megaclub in Ocean City, has won a federal trademark infringement case against a competitor using a similar brand name for its chain of luxury resorts.

The recent decision in U.S. District Court in Baltimore gives Seacrets a permanent injunction protecting its trademark.

The club is also awarded $50,000 in punitive damages.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board canceled Coryn Group’s federal registration of the trademark Secrets for its resort chain in Mexico and the Caribbean. The board said the two brands were too similar.

Seacrets countersued for infringement and unfair competition. In November, its trademark was upheld.

Seacrets is planning to expand in other states.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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