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COA to hear arguments in trademark case at Merrillville High School

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The Indiana Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in An-Hung Yao v. State of Indiana and Yu-Ting Lin v. State of Indiana at 12:30 p.m. (CDT) May 25, 2011, at Merrillville High School in the Freshman Center Lecture Hall. A panel of judges consisting of Chief Judge Margret G. Robb, Judge Michael P. Barnes, and Judge Terry A. Crone will hear the case on appeal from Huntington Circuit Court.

In this consolidated interlocutory appeal, An-Hung Yao and Yu-Ting Lin appeal the trial court’s denial of their individual motions to dismiss three counts of theft of a trademark and one count of corrupt business influence, arguing that a trademark cannot be the subject of a theft and that they cannot be prosecuted in Indiana because no conduct that is an element of the offenses occurred in Indiana. The state cross-appeals the trial court’s grant of Yao’s and Lin’s motions to dismiss three counts of counterfeiting a trademark. Arguing for An-Hung Yao will be Indianapolis attorney Tyler Helmond, arguing for Yu-Ting Lin will be Ft. Wayne attorney Jeremy Gayed, and arguing for the state of Indiana will be Indianapolis attorney Andrew Kobe.

Members of the public who would like to attend the oral argument are asked to call Merrillville High School at 219-650-5307 to find out specific details about the school’s visitor sign-in policy.

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