College textbook publishers McGraw-Hill Education, Pearson Education, Inc., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Cengage Learning, Inc. have settled a trademark and copyright dispute with the operators of the Web site ValoreBooks.com, which sells discounted textbooks.
Of counsel Ronald Dove Jr. and junior associate Hope Hamilton of Covington & Burling’s Washington office represented the publishers. Christ Gaetanos of the Buffalo, N.Y. firm Amigone, Sanchez, Mattrey & Marshall represented Valore.
The publishers’ lawsuit, filed in federal court in the Eastern District of New York, alleged that ValoreBooks.com had sold foreign versions of textbooks not authorized for sale in North America, as well as pirated electronic copies of the publishers’ materials. Though the terms of the settlement are largely confidential, part of the agreement prohibits Valore from engaging in either of these activities.
Dove, who belongs to Covington’s intellectual property and litigation practices, specializes in copyright and trademark litigation. He says Covington was retained for this matter because of the firm’s previous experience protecting clients against the sale of counterfeit products.
Dove has represented the National Football League in enforcement actions against the unauthorized display of NFL game telecasts, as well as various luxury good companies against the unauthorized sale of their products.