Court dismisses iHeartRadio Music Awards trademark suit

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IheartRadioThe iHeartRadio Music Awards, which aired across CCME radio stations and on NBC 5/1, were subject to a lawsuit filed against defendants CCME and Premiere on 4/6/15. It was a multi-claim trademark infringement and unfair competition complaint filed in federal court.


Plaintiff Radio Dogs claims the show, executive produced by Ryan Seacrest Prods, is far too close to their Radio Music Awards brand.

They wanted an injunction against the show, its online presence shut down, materials destroyed and unspecified monetary damages “including all of Defendants’ profits or gains of any kind resulting from the actions complained of herein.” Radio Dogs registered the trademark “Radio Music Awards” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on February 4, 2003.

The suit was dismissed 7/10 without prejudice by U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles.  The dismissal was based on the plaintiff’s failure to respond to CCME’s motion to dismiss the case; a response was due 6/30.

Radio Dogs said it has produced the trademarked Radio Music Awards on the WB in 1999, then on ABC from 2000-01 and on NBC from 2003-05. American Idol host Seacrest was the host of those shows and Clear Channel was the major sponsor. The two logos do share some characteristics.

However, on September 6, 2013, Radio Dogs cancelled its registration in the Radio Music Awards mark, the “814 Registration,” said the complaint filed in federal court in Florida on 4/29. “However, Radio Dogs is in the process of reinstating the ‘814 Registration.’