2012 June Archive

BNA Wine Group Battles Anheuser-Busch For Airport Code Trademark

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 29, 2012

beer-bottle-pouring-200x132Los Angeles – Last week, Anheuser-Busch announced that it filed a trademark application for BNA which is the airport code for the Nashville Airport. Anheuser-Busch filed for “BNA” along with 41 other airport codes. However, Nashville winery BNA Wine Group insists that it has superior rights to the trademark “BNA” and filed before Anheuser-Busch. The fact that two companies plan to utilize the same trademark is not necessarily a problem in itself. However, because both parties intend to name alcoholic beverages after the airport code and distribute those products in the same area, it is anticipated that problems will ensue for one or both parties. Read the rest »

Patent Awarded to Interphase For Penveu Interactive Display System

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 27, 2012

tablet_pc-200x150 Los Angeles – Interphase announced today that it has been awarded a patent for an interactive display system that has been in development for the last year. The patent for Penvue (patent #8,217,997) covers technology that is invisible to the human eye, but visible to the product’s pen in a display stream. The science behind Penveu was designed to maximize interactivity and collaboration in classrooms and boardrooms. The product and its newly patented technology works with currently installed projectors and large screen displays. In sum, the product enhances installed projectors and larger screen displays and easily makes any flat surface into an interactive display system. Read the rest »

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Intel Buys $375 Million Worth of InterDigital Patents

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 26, 2012

intel-chip-200x140 San Diego – Intel recently acquired 1,700 patents from InterDigital’s wireless technology intellectual property portfolio. The purchase essentially saved InterDigital as it had been rumored to closing its doors altogether. In February InterDigital had stated that it was eager to sell the bulk of its patents and it was on the lookout for a buyer. Read the rest »

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Apple Granted Patent Related to Maintaining Privacy Online

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 25, 2012

Patent LawyersOrange County – Online identities are undoubtedly one of the last things people would consider in the search for cloning subjects. However, Apple has done just that, by creating and developing technology to clone online identities. To that end, the hugely popular computer, tablet, and phone manufacturer announced last week that it has been granted a patent for its online identity cloning technology. The unusual patent was created in response to consumers expressing an increased desire to protect their online identities from a deluge of information profilers. Read the rest »

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Christian Louboutin Loses Another Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Over Red-Soled Shoes

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 20, 2012

shoes-redsoles-200x144 Los Angeles – Can a designer obtain trademark protection for a specific color used on the soles of its shoes? This question appears to be one step closer to finality after a recent decision was handed down by a French court against designer Christian Louboutin. Read the rest »

High Roads Granted Patent for Healthcare Benchmarking Technology

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 20, 2012

search-200x133 Los Angeles – With the search for healthcare affecting the lives of millions of people, healthcare search technology is becoming increasingly important. To date, High Roads healthcare benchmarking technology already touches the lives of over forty million consumers. To further assist these consumers in finding the perfect provider of healthcare services, High Roads announced yesterday that it has been granted a patent for The Lab, its real-time, healthcare management and benefits benchmarking database. Read the rest »

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Merck Loses Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Canadian Competitor

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 19, 2012

Patent Attorney San Diego – Merck announced today that it was not successful in its recent patent infringement lawsuit to protect the patent for its best selling drug Nasonex. The lawsuit, filed in 2009, was intended to stop Canadian drug manufacturer Apotex from selling a generic version of its popular nasal allergy drug. Read the rest »

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Kodak Loses Patent Infringement Case Against Apple And RIM

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 15, 2012

Patent PortfolioOrange County – In more bad news for the Eastman Kodak Company, it appears that Kodak has recently lost its two-year patent infringement battle over digital image previewing technology. The recent decision, handed down by International Trade Commission Judge Thomas Pender, determined that there was no patent infringement because the Kodak patent itself was not valid. Furthermore, the digital image technology was simply a variation of earlier inventions and was not patentable. The decision by Judge Pender in favor of Apple and RIM will most likely effect the valuation of Kodak’s assets in its ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Read the rest »

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Los Angeles Trademark Battle: Mag-Lite v. MagnaLight

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 14, 2012

flashlight-200x133Los Angeles – Mag Instrument, the owners of a family of trademarks including “Mag-Lite”, has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Larson Electronics in federal court this week. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, alleges that Larson Electronics’ use of the Magnalight trademark infringes on Mag Instruments’ registered trademarks. In response, Larson Electronics argues that it has priority use of the Magnalight trademark, since it has been manufacturing and distributing the product since 1973. The Mag-Lite trademark was registered with the United States Patent Trademark Office in 1979. Mag-Lite is claiming that it registered its trademark prior to Magnalight and since the trademark is confusingly similar to the Mag-Lite trademark, Larson Electronics must cease and desist the use of the product name Magnalight. Read the rest »

New Patent Prevents Unauthorized Sharing Of Textbooks

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 14, 2012

books-stack-200x154 Los Angeles – A patent was issued last week to economics professor Joseph Henry Vogel for a system and method for controlling use of academic texts. Patent 8,195,571 outlines a methodology whereby students would be required to participate in a web-based online discussion board, which would count toward their final course grade. The code to gain access to the discussion board would be obtained when the students purchase the associated textbooks. Students who do not buy the textbooks get a lower grade. Second-hand purchase of books would be allowed, but students would still have to purchase a discounted access code. This would allow publishers to charge multiple times for a single textbook and ensure that all profits go directly to publishers and authors, instead of secondary sources. Read the rest »

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