2012 July Archive

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Wins Patent After 6-Year Wait

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 31, 2012

Patent Infringement San Diego – Six years may seem like a long time to wait for the award of a patent. However, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg patiently waited for approval on an application governing certain privacy settings for six long years. There was definitely cause for celebration by Zucks when it was announced last week that he had been granted his first patent. Patent number 8,225,376 is listed as “a system and method for dynamically generating privacy summary” and was awarded to inventors Zuckerberg and Facebook’s former Chief of Privacy Officer, Chris Kelly. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Los Angeles’ Lionsgate Prevails In 50/50 Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 27, 2012

dvd-blue-200x150 Los Angeles – Eastland Music Group must have been extremely disappointing when it learned that Lionsgate, along with Summit Entertainment and Mandate Pictures, successfully defended the rights to use “50/50″ in the title of a film starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Read the rest »

EU Ban Granted To Apple in Patent Case Against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 26, 2012

iPad-150x150 Los Angeles – After a protracted legal battle, Apple announced this week that it has secured an injunction in a German Court against Samsung to prevent further distribution of its Galaxy Tab 7.7. Much to the delight of Apple, the result of the injunction is a ban on all sales of its competitor’s tablet in the European Union. The German Court rejected Samsung’s argument that the ban should only be applicable to German markets, and not the entire European Union. In anticipation of the wide reach of the ban, products have already been pulled from stores in Germany.
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Posted in: Patent Infringement

Titan Medical Issued Patent For Snaking Robotic Arm

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 26, 2012

Medical Product PatentOrange County – As a company focused on design and development of robotic surgical technology, Titan Medical has established itself as a leader in the field of robotic medical devices. Toward that goal, Titan Medical announced this week that it has been issued a patent for a snaking robotic arm with moveable shapers. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Carfax Closer to Insurance Industry Related Patent

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 24, 2012

automobile-200x134 San Diego – Carfax is known for its comprehensive vehicle history database which allows customers to verify that new vehicle purchases haven’t been in an undisclosed accident. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Carfax has embarked upon a foray into the patent world. From the patent it appears that Carfax is moving toward further assistance with the insurance industry. To that end, Carfax announced this week that it received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its patent application for a “system and method for insurance underwriting and rating” identified as Serial number 13/181,736. The USPTO typically issues a Notice of Allowance once it comes to an initial determination that a patent can be granted from a review of a patent application. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Los Angeles Based Paramount Pictures Files Trademark Applications for World War Z

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 23, 2012

movie-symbol-200x154 Los Angeles – Imagine a world where legions of humans are inflicted with a terrible virus that turns them into flash-eating monsters. Zombie fans were given reason to rejoice when Paramount Pictures filed trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to register the enormously popular World War Z concept for use with video games. Evidently, gamers will be treated to games based on the wildly popular Zombie books by Max Brooks. Brooks’ original novel, The Zombie Survival Guide, was released in 2003 and quickly became a cult classic. The apocalyptic author’s second zombie novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, was released to critical acclaim in 2006 with movie rights quickly purchased in 2007. Read the rest »

Apple Awarded Patent For iPhone Case That Reduces Background Noise

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 19, 2012

Los Angeles Patents Los Angeles – Some might call this a year of innovation for Apple, as the pace of new and improved products seems to be increasing. New smartphones, head-mounted computer display devices, a sophisticated new stylus, and new technology abounds as the California company further increases its market share and pushes its stock price even higher. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Microsoft Patent Published For Customizable Xbox

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 18, 2012

microsoft-200x132 Los Angeles – Everyone knows someone who owns a videogame system or someone that is anxiously waiting for the latest great thing in that industry. According to recently published patent documents, Microsoft’s latest patent for a scaleable console would allow consumers to customize their Xbox. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Green Mountain Coffee Roaster’s Patent Expiration Could Create Glut Of K-Cup Copies

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 18, 2012

coffee_beans-200x133San Diego – In a scenario akin to a science-fiction movie script, the coffee filtration system marketplace could soon be flooded with clones. Fortunately, it is anticipated that the clones won’t be dangerous to anyone except perhaps those folks attempting to brew the perfect cup of coffee. For the connoisseur of that perfect cup of freshly brewed joe, there will be an anxious watch on the grocery store isle very soon, since Green Mountain Coffee Roaster’s (GMCR) patents 5,325,765 and 5,840,189 will either partially or completely expire in September 2012. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Apple Patent Infringement Claims Dismissed Due to ‘Cool’ Factor

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 18, 2012

Patent InfringementOrange County – A judge in the United Kingdom recently ruled on Apple’s accusations of patent infringement against its rival Samsung. Apple claimed that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10 had infringed on patents and trademarks related to the iPad that include its design and displays. In the British High Court, Judge Colin Birss, QC, made his ruling and stated that Samsung’s design of its Galaxy tablet could not be mistaken with the iPad because it is just “not as cool” as Apple’s iPad. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement