Judge allows Tiger to prowl

A federal judge has denied an emergency request from online retailer TigerDirect to curtail Apple's use of the Tiger term in conjunction with the latest release of Mac OS X.

TigerDirect had filed a trademark infringement suit last month, alleging that Apple's use of Tiger hurt the company in a variety of ways, including pushing TigerDirect lower in search engine results related to computers. However, U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lenard ruled last week that there was no need for an immediate injunction.

A bunch of details on the ruling can be found in AppleInsider's report on the subject. According to that site, the court ruled that "there is greater risk of damage to Apple from granting the injunction than any potential harm to TigerDirect from Apple's use of Tiger marks."

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