2011 November Archive

Los Angeles Based Surfer Kelly Slater Issued Patent For Wave Pool

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 29, 2011

wave-200x132 Los Angeles – Eleven-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater was recently issued a patent by the USPTO for a wave pool. Slater’s Kelly Slater Wave Company applied for patent protection with the USPTO in 2008 after developing a donut shaped wave pool creating a barrel wave. According to Slater, the USPTO issued the patent after a three year application process. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Apple Continues Battle With Amazon Over ‘App Store’ Trademark

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 28, 2011

Trademark Infringement LawLos Angeles – Much to the chagrin of players in the mobile market, Apple has managed to register the trademark for the term “App Store” for its iTunes App Store. However, now that Amazon is calling its Android app sales portal the “Amazon Appstore,” Apple has been trying to fight it in a trademark infringement lawsuit since March. Read the rest »

Tootsie Roll Sues Footwear Company For Trademark Infringement Over “Footzyrolls”

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 23, 2011

high-heel-thumb-200x150-30643 Orange County – Tootsie Roll Industries, makers of the Tootsie Roll candy have recently filed suit in a federal district court in Illinois alleging that footwear company Rollashoes committed trademark infringement when it marketed a line of shoes called, “Footzyrolls.” Tootsie Roll alleges in its complaint several causes of action ncluding trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and unfair competition. Read the rest »

Trademark Dispute Over Toucan Logo Resolved

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 22, 2011

Trademark LawsLos Angeles – A Trademark dispute concerning Fruit Loops mascot Toucan Sam was recently resolved without litigation. The dispute began when cereal maker Kellogg asked San Francisco based cultural heritage group the Mayan Archaeology Initiative (MAI) to cease using a logo that Kellogg claimed was too familiar to the well-known Fruit Loops mascot, Toucan Sam. Read the rest »

Cadbury Wins Three-Year Trademark Battle with Nestle

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 22, 2011

candy-easter-cadbury-thumb-200x150-30619 Orange County – In a trademark dispute with Nestle spanning more than three years, British chocolate candy manufacturer Cadbury has successfully secured a trademark for the color purple used in its purple candy wrappers. Cadbury has been using the purple packaging for over 100 years and began seeking exclusive trademark rights to the shade in 1995. Read the rest »

San Diego Judge Rules that Patent Infringement Award Against Microsoft Is Excessive

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 16, 2011

MicrosoftSan Diego – A federal judge in a San Diego district court recently held that a jury award in a patent infringement action against Microsoft totaling $70 million was excessive and not supported by substantial evidence. District court judge Marilyn Huff has ordered either that the damage award be reduced or that Microsoft opt to re-try the case. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Jersey Shore’s “The Situation” Sues Abercrombie for Trademark Infringement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 16, 2011

jersey_shore-thumb-200x150-30200 Orange County – A few months after apparel company Abercrombie & Fitch reportedly offered reality television star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino a “substantial” sum to cease wearing its merchandise on MTV’s Jersey Shore, Sorrentino is now suing Abercrombie for trademark infringement, unfair competition, and other claims. Sorrentino claims that despite Abercrombie’s attempts to distance itself from Sorrentino and the Jersey Shore cast, Abercrombie used Sorrentino’s trademarked slogans on its apparel. Sorrentino claims that Abercrombie marketed shirts bearing the slogans, “GTL…You Know the Deal” and “The Fitchuation” infringing his trademarks. Read the rest »

Amazon’s Kindle Fire a Hot Target For Patent Lawsuit

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 16, 2011

Orange County – Amazon’s Kindle Fire hit the market yesterday, and it is already the subject of a patent lawsuit. Smartphone Technologies, LLC claims that Amazon directly infringed on several touch screen related patents. It also claims that Amazon indirectly infringed on these patents by allowing its customers to use the device. It filed suit in federal court against Amazon in the Texas Eastern District and seeks royalty fees. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

American Petroleum Institute Sues Motor Oil Marketers for Trademark Infringement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 15, 2011

oildrop-thumb-200x133-30036 Orange County – The American Petroleum Institute (API) is suing two Michigan-based motor oil manufacturers and distributors of trademark infringement. Read the rest »

Las Vegas Switch Data Center Files Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 14, 2011

Los Angeles – Switch Communications Group, LLC, the operator of a large data center in Las Vegas, has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Canadian man over his registration of the switch.net Internet domain name last month. Read the rest »