"SUBLIMINAL confusion." "Irreparable harm." "Tortious acts."
At times, a lawsuit filed by Chickie's and Pete's parent company, CPC Properties Inc., sounds more like a document on mind control than a case of trademark infringement.
But in a ruling handed down late last month, a federal judge determined that a Philadelphia pizza shop had infringed on the restaurant chain's trademarked Crabfries by placing a picture of a crab on their menus and ads next to the word "fries."
However, the judge denied Chickie's and Pete's claims of unjust enrichment, which would have allowed the chain to seek restitution against Tony's Place, the pizzeria in question on Frankford Avenue near Stirling Street in Mayfair. Tony's Place is about a block from Chickie's and Pete's original location on Robbins Street near Frankford.