2011 December Archive

Church Asks Chicago Bull Derrick Rose For Help in Trademark Dispute with Adidas

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 28, 2011

LawyerLos Angeles – Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has been asked by a Zion, Illinois-based church to convince athletic footwear and apparel company Adidas to drop a trademark dispute it has waged. Pastor E. James Logan of the Christian Faith Fellowship is imploring the help of Rose, whose name is on an Adidas brand of highly-publicized athletic shoes, to ask his deep-pocketed sponsors to show mercy on the church. Read the rest »

RIM Seeks Dismissal Of Trademark Lawsuit For “BBM” Acronym

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 28, 2011

Set of touchscreen smartphones Orange County – Research in Motion, LTD (“RIM”), the Canadian telecommunications giant who produces the BlackBerry smartphone, filed a motion for dismissal of a trademark lawsuit against their commonly used BlackBerry Messenger acronym, “BBM.” The lawsuit filed earlier this month by BBM Canada, a Toronto-based radio and broadcasting company, alleges that the “BBM” name used by RIM causes confusion with its clients and employees. Read the rest »

Judge Rules That Motorola Phones Infringe On Microsoft Patent

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 28, 2011

iPhone Los Angeles – The phone wars continue. A recent preliminary ruling by a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) trade panel judge found that Motorola Mobility infringed on Microsoft U.S. Patent 6,370,566. The patent encompasses methods to synchronize group calendars and schedule meetings on a smartphone. The feature provides an essential organizational function for business users who need to schedule meetings without physically being in the office. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Groupon Sued For Patent Infringement Of Online Restaurant Management System

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 28, 2011

LA Patent Infringment Orange County – A company called Mount Hamilton Partners filed two different patent infringement lawsuits against Groupon. The complaint involves U.S. Patent Number 7,904,334, which is entitled “System and method for reducing excess capacity for restaurants and other industries during off-peak hours.” Groupon uses the system in its daily deals. Mount Hamilton Partners seeks damages in both suits. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Genentech Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Regeneron

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 28, 2011

Medicine PatentSan Diego – Genentech filed suit against Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi Inc. on December 23, 2011 in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. In its complaint, Genentech alleges that Regeneron infringed on its patents with two products possibly containing an active ingredient called aflibercept. The first Regeneron product is called Eylea and is injected into the eye to treat neovascular (“wet”) age-related macular degeneration, a degenerative eye disorder. The second Regeneron product is called Zaltrap, used to treat colorectal cancer. Genentech claims Regeneron knowingly and willfully developed, marketed and sold these infringing products in the United States. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

International Trade Commission Hands Apple Narrow Victory Over HTC’s Android

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 27, 2011

LA PatentsSan Diego – The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled on Monday, December 21, 2011 that Taiwan-based HTC, who produces the Android smartphone, violated only one provision of Apple’s patents. The ITC ruling imposes an import ban on some of HTC’s products but the ban does not go into effect until April 19, 2012, giving HTC time to modify their products to avoid infringement. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Atlanta Braves and Pixar in Trademark Dispute Over ‘Brave’

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 27, 2011

baseball-200x133Los Angeles – Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios is embroiled in trademark dispute with the Major League Baseball outfit, the Atlanta Braves. Apparently, owners of the Atlanta National League Baseball Club are objecting to Disney/Pixar’s changing the name of its upcoming animated film from “The Bear and the Bow” to “Brave.” The team has formally filed an objection to many of the trademarks Pixar is seeking for its new movie, to be released in June. Read the rest »

NASDAQ Files Opposition to METDAQ Trademark

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 27, 2011

stock-market-bull-thumb-200x149-32724 Orange County – METDAQ, an online portal for the business to business marketplace, launched a new website in September and is now facing opposition to its trademark application by NASDAQ OMX. The opposition, filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), is in reference to a trademark application consisting of a stylized image of a bodybuilder in a partial kneeling position to the left of the word METDAQ. Read the rest »

China Leads World in Patent And Trademark Filings

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 27, 2011

chinese_flag-200x149 Los Angeles – Research conducted by Thomson Reuters finds that China is the worldwide leader in patent and trademark filings. Thompson Reuters analyzed patent and trademark application filings, examined real-world trademark and copyright infringement issues, compared national government policies, and evaluatedlong-term innovation strategies for intellectual property growth. They concluded that China is not only presently a worldwide center for intellectual property protection, but will continue to be so in the future. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Concurrent Patent Inserts Advertising In DVR And VOD Content

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 27, 2011

tv_remote_control Orange County – It appears the days of avoiding commercials by fast forwarding through them using Video On-Demand (VOD) or a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) may be nearing an end. Concurrent, a video and media data solutions company, has been issued a patent (US 8,079,052) from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for advertisement insertion into VOD, DVR, and time-shifted TV when using trick functions such as fast forward or rewind. Trick files are enabled into VOD, DVR, and time-shifted television to allow consumers to fast forward and rewind through programming. Concurrent’s technology allows ad content to be inserted into those trick files while consumers are controlling the fast forward or rewind functions. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration