Easyling Wins Trial as Jury Rejects Trademark and Trade Dress Claims

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On June 12, 2019, after a 6-day trial, a federal jury sitting in Boston unanimously rejected the claims of venture capital funded Smartling, Inc. against independent startup Skawa Innovation, Ltd. for trademark and trade dress infringement and unfair competition. In one of the first cases of its kind to advance to trial, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts considered whether the ‘look and feel’ of a website can constitute protectable trade dress. Smartling’s allegations of trade dress infringement were fully repudiated by the jury.

For nearly a decade, Skawa has reduced the barriers to global communication through its website translation technologies, including large scaled proxy solutions. The Skawa team thanks its business partners for their trust and support throughout this protracted litigation. Skawa looks forward to continuing to focus on customers to provide outstanding translation technologies. Knowing that free and healthy competition is critical to optimal product development and consumer value, Skawa’s commitment to offering the best possible products and services to its customers remains.

Skawa was represented throughout the litigation, including during the successful jury trial, by Thomas P. O’Connell of the O’Connell Law Office in Arlington, Massachusetts. The O’Connell Law Office has provided trusted intellectual property guidance since 1994.

The case is styled as Smartling v. Skawa Innovation, Ltd., Civil Action No. 14-cv-13106-ADB, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.


In July, Easyling is offering two tracks of master classes to users. In addition to the Advanced Master Class scheduled for July 11th in Budapest, we are announcing an Introductory Class to beginners on July 10th, the previous day.

The classes are free but registration is required by July 1st.

Introductory Class

WHEN: July 10th, 2019, 9 AM to 5 PM

WHERE: 19 Oktober 6. St., H-1051 Budapest, Hungary

TOPICS: How to get started with Easyling; setting up projects; how to give a word count and sell website translation to LSP clients; technical tips and best practices for content owners as well as translators and PMs.

REGISTRATION: https://share.hsforms.com/1qNyYTAKbT5egbFSinYH_fwmlex

Advanced Master Class

WHEN: July 11th, 2019, 9 AM to 5 PM

WHERE: 19 Oktober 6. St., H-1051 Budapest, Hungary

TOPICS: Discover the latest additions to Easyling, demonstrate best practices, and offer a sneak peek at features under development. Following last year’s format, the second half of the Master Class will focus on user suggested topics entirely.

REGISTRATION: https://share.hsforms.com/1ynah1zkBTfmXR0vfkrpuggmlex