2011 December Archive

New Years Eve Drop Will Change in Nashville Due to Hard Rock Trademark Issue

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 28, 2011

hard_rock_cafe-thumb-200x266-30884San Diego – The City of Nashville, Tennessee, home of the Grand Ole Opry and center of the music industry, has had to make some last minute changes to its annual new year’s eve festival in order to avoid a trademark dispute. Read the rest »

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 »

Rap Artist Young Buck May Lose Trademarked Name in Bankruptcy Case

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 28, 2011

mandour concert California – The rap artist known as Young Buck has been ordered by a bankruptcy judge to liquidate most of his assets, including his trademarked rap name.
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Patent Lawsuits Against Google Related To Android Are Mounting

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 28, 2011

Lawyer California – British Telecom, an England-based phone company recently filed suit against Google for its Android smartphone technology. The company claims the Android operating system infringes on six British Telecom patents. Read the rest »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Atlanta Braves Cry “Foul Ball” Over Disney Trademark

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 27, 2011

San Diego – The Atlanta National League Baseball Club, owner of the Atlanta Braves, filed an objection with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to many of the trademark applications filed by The Walt Disney Company (“Disney”) over the word “Brave.” Read the rest »