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Last updated March 14, 2009

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When you read their answer you may initially get depressed. This is normal. Sit down, read it again. Begin listing what is not true and what you must combat. After a while you will see all is not lost. Soon you will realize their case is weak.

Your reply will be in a similar format as your complaint. The header and opening paragraphs for example. Except, remember that you now have your case number and you want to make sure it's in your header.

You will address any new issues they have raised or incorrect information. And, don't forget you must deny any counter-claims made by them. The format will be similar to your complaint except you will not have to establsih jurisdiction or provide a historical background for the reply. Don't forget to number your paragraphs.

Under federal rules you must file your reply within twenty days after receiving the answer.

We are not lawyers nor have we received any significant assistance from any lawyers beyond our appeal to the Tenth District, which we won. The information presented here is based upon our experiences in federal court defending and prosecuting claims of trademark infringement and copyright infringement. It is presented to prepare you for what lies ahead should you end up in court. This outline is for those sellers who are thinking about representing themselves, pro se, in a court action. A business cannot represent themselves in federal court but individuals and unincorporated business can. The court rules and the federal rules are written by lawyers for lawyers. We try to put them into plain English here. These pages are not a complete analysis of everything that can happen. These are intended a guide and starting point. Always consult competent legal help.

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