The mental state of the defendant at the time of adopting a mark is very significant in many aspects of trademark lawsuits. Bad faith on the part of defendant is not required to find trademark infringement or dilution. However, courts are far more likely to award monetary damages in a case where there is bad faith. If it appears that defendant was justifiably using the mark in order to describe the underlying goods or services, then the defendant will likely be found to have had good faith in using the mark, and thereby offer a defense of fair use. Furthermore, since the plaintiff in a trademark lawsuit is often seeking injunctive relief, which is an equitable remedy requiring the balancing of harms, whether or not the defendant exercised good faith or bad faith can have a considerable impact on the court's decision.