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Yuga Labs Claims Win in Legal Battle Over Bored Ape Trademark with RR/BAYC

Yuga Labs has won a trademark infringement lawsuit

Yuga Labs, the company behind the popular NFT project Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), has won a trademark infringement lawsuit against Thomas Lehman, who collaborated on the RR/BAYC project.

The case was brought by Yuga Labs in the District Court of New York, alleging that Lehman helped create the smart contract for the RR/BAYC collection, which was similar to BAYC and earned $1.6 million in sales, of which Lehman received 15%.

The terms of the settlement include Lehman acknowledging Yuga Labs’ ownership of the BAYC trademark and not using the trademark, destroying any materials with the mark and burning any RR/BAYC NFTs in his possession.

The outcome is seen as a victory for Yuga Labs in an ongoing IP infringement case against project creator Ryder Ripps and Jeremy Cahen.

Ripps previously claimed that BAYC was full of racist or far-right imagery, a claim denied by Yuga Labs.


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