Orange County – A company that markets individual retirement accounts has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the U.S. government due to the use of the term “myRA” in connection with a savings account program proposed by President Obama for individuals who have just started saving up for retirement. The Kentucky-based company, My Retirement Account Services, LLC, has a registered trademark since 2011 for “GetMyRA.com” to use for its marketing of self-direct individual retirement accounts. Read the rest »
California Intellectual Property Blog
San Diego – Apple has filed patent application for a new kind of digital remote control partly because Apple believes that remote controls used today are outdated. The remote controls that we use now were designed when channels only had numbers. However, now, many of the streaming services use graphic interfaces to show viewers their offerings such as movies and television shows. Read the rest »
Los Angeles – A federal judge in New York ruled that Grooveshark, a free online music service that has been a nemesis to major record companies, has in fact infringed copyrights. Grooveshark has been the target of the recording industry’s attacks for hosting music files without permission. The Florida-based Grooveshark, owned by Escape Media Group, makes millions of songs available to listeners for streaming. Read the rest »
Orange County – Twitpic, the image-sharing service on Twitter, announced that it would be shutting down earlier this month due partly to a trademark dispute with Twitter. However, this week Twitpic was acquired and now it will continue to stay in business. Twitpic made the announcement about its closure following a trademark battle with Twitter, which had threatened to cut off the image-hosting site’s access to its application programming interface (API). The Twitpic site was utilized by many to upload photos to Twitter. Read the rest »
San Diego – There’s nothing sweet about the federal lawsuit The Hershey Company has filed against a candy importer accusing it of infringing famous Hershey trademarks and trade dress. Hershey claims that LBB Imports LLC is bringing in candy that was manufactured overseas and wrapping it in packaging that is similar to Hershey’s most popular brands of candy such as Reese’s, York, Cadbury, Rolo and Kit Kat. Read the rest »
California — Apple Inc.’s iPhones and iPads do not infringe on any Samsung Electronics Co. patents, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge said Friday, marking another win for Apple in its global patent war with its South Korean rival. Read the rest »
Los Angeles – Elon Musk’s SpaceX is challenging a patent awarded to Blue Origin, a space venture that is being backed by Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos. Musk’s company has petitioned the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office seeking to overturn a patent awarded to Blue Origin’s method for landing booster rockets at sea. The company argues that this is not novel in the field of launching and recovering rockets and therefore it does not warrant a patent.
San Diego, CA – Seeking expansion into the Canadian retail market, U.S. discount-retailer Target is facing major pushback from Fairweather Ltd. Fairweather filed a $250 million trademark infringement suit against the U.S. giant on grounds that it exclusively owns the right to use the Target name in Canada. Fairweather Ltd has owned the “Target Apparel” name in Canada for 10 years. Read the rest »
San Diego – The ALS Association (ALSA) has expressly abandoned a trademark application for the term “ice bucket challenge,” the name that was used for the viral video sensation, which has raised more than $94 million for the group in less than a month. ALSA backed away from seeking to trademark the term after it got a negative feedback on reports of its efforts to claim ownership to the phrase.
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Los Angeles – U.S. electric automaker Tesla Motors Inc. says it has reached an amicable resolution to a trademark disagreement in China clearing the way for CEO Elon Musk’s plans to expand as the world’s largest auto market. This is the second time that Tesla has declared that the disagreement with Chinese businessman Zhan Baosheng has concluded. Baosheng had already registered the Tesla trademark prior to the California-based automaker coming to China. In January, Tesla had announced that the matter had been resolved. But then last month, Zhan filed to bring Tesla to court. In its latest announcement, Tesla states that the issue has now been “completely resolved.” Read the rest »