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Updates on the WSOP Trademark Lawsuit Filed by Federico Schiavo provided an update on Nov. 9th in the trademark case brought against Harrah's Entertainment by Federico Schiavo, owner of the World's Standard of Online poker.

Schiavo's lawsuit was filed at the US District Court of the Central District of California, against Harrah's License Company, LLC, and two related Harrah's entities.

Schiavo claims that before the sale of Binion's Horseshoe Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to Harrah's in 2004, Becky Binion Behnen gave him the rights to the domain name. She thought there was no conflict between this domain name and the world series of poker.

Schiavo also claims that Binion wasn't using "WSOP" as a trademark. He even showed examples of how WSOP was not mentioned in the trademark assignment agreement between Binion and Harrah's.

Documents filed in court allege that Harrah's has admitted that the trademark assignment from Binion to Harrah's, "does not specifically identify the WSOP mark".

Schiavo claims that his rights date back to May 7, 2003, which has Binion's consent and authorization. The lawsuit also provides evidence that Harrah's admitted to having always used the designation "World Series of Poker", as opposed to WSOP.

Due to the complexity of the facts surrounding the legal dispute and the span of time it could take to resolve it, Schiavo has made all material related to the legal battle available at in his effort to end the tactics of Harrah's.


12/03/2006, Sunday
Sherry Barlow

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