Blockchain startup Tari Labs wins restraining order against Lightning Labs over Taro protocol

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  • Blockchain startup Tari Labs has won a temporary restraining order against bitcoin developer Lightning Labs over its Taro protocol and platform.
  • The ruling means that Lightning Labs won’t be able to make updates to the Taro protocol or announce further developments to the protocol.

Blockchain startup Tari Labs has won a temporary restraining order against bitcoin developer Lighting Labs' Taro protocol.

Lightning announced the protocol in April of last year. It aims to be used for issuing assets on the Bitcoin blockchain, which can then be transferred over the Lightning Network. Lightning Labs itself has been around since 2016 and develops software to power Bitcoin's Layer 2 Lightning Network.

Tari Labs founded its Tari protocol, which enables the transfer of digital assets from tickets to virtual goods, in 2020. Tari owns the U.S. registered trademark for Tari for various cryptocurrency trading and exchange services. The blockchain platform filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against Lightning Labs last year for copyright infringement. It alleges that its Taro protocol and platform bears similar name to its own trademark and offers similar services.

Temporary restraining order

U.S. District Judge William Orrick granted a motion on Monday that restrains Lightning Labs from making external updates to its Taro protocol and from announcing the next stage of the  protocol. The order will restrain Lightning Labs until a hearing on any motion for dissolution of the temporary restraining order occurs.

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