2012 August Archive

Federal Circuit Rules Patent Infringement Can Exist Even When Many Perform Different Steps

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 31, 2012

Patent LitigationOrange County – The Federal Circuit ruled Friday that patent infringement can be found even when multiple parties perform the different steps of a claimed method and none performs them all, resurrecting Akamai Technologies Inc.’s online content delivery system patent claims agains Limelight Networks Inc. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Baby Jogger Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against City Mini Stroller

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 31, 2012

stork-150x150 Los Angeles – When one thinks of cutthroat industries and competitive markets, baby accessories and stroller makers do not normally come to mind.  However, this week the public is seeing how competitive these markets can be.  To that end, The Baby Jogger Company announced that it has recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Britax Child Safety, Inc. in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia.  The Baby Jogger Company is the owner and leading manufacturer of three-wheeled jogging strollers that can be used in all terrains.  However, it alleges in its court documents that Britax has copied its patented “Quick Fold Technology”, infringed its trade dress, and created unfair competition with its “knock-off” product.  More specifically, Baby Jogger alleges that its competitor has copied every part of its Citi Mini model, a leader in stroller sales since 2007. Read the rest »

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San Antonio Bar Seeks To Trademark “I Can’t Remember The Alamo”

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 30, 2012

California Trademark LawLos Angeles – There is a battle brewing in Texas over the Alamo, but it is not the kind of battle readers would expect.  It was reported this week that the owner of Swing Martini Bar in San Antonio, Texas, has attempted to trademark the phrase, “I Can’t Remember The Alamo”.  According to a trademark application filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the San Antonio bar intends to use the slogan on insulated containers for food and beverages, mugs and drinking glasses, t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps and underwear. Read the rest »

Viacom Opposes Trademark Registration of Jersey Shore Star Mike Sorrentino

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 30, 2012

mtvLos Angeles - Just when you thought all of the cat fights on MTV’s popular reality television show Jersey Shore were over, a new one is brewing behind the scenes. Viacom, the owner of MTV, is opposing the trademark application by Mike Sorrentino for his catch phrase “twinning” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Sorrentino, better known as “The Situation”, filed an application to register the word with the USPTO in 2011 with the intent to use the phrase on t-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, hats, shorts, panties, underwear, and footwear. Read the rest »

California Based Apple Granted Patent For Commercial Skipping Device

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 30, 2012

apple-storeCalifornia – Devices that allow users to record, rewind, fast-forward and skip commercials have become best sellers as consumers scramble to grab the latest technology from the cable companies. Hoping to grab a piece of that pie, Apple announced this week that it was granted a patent for technology that would allow users to change channels or functions on devices once commercials started playing on their TV or radio. According to the United States Patent and Trademark filing, the new patent specifically states that the product was intended for use “when an electronic device determines that an upcoming media item in a media broadcast is not of interest to a user, the electronic device can switch playback from the media stream to a media item from the electronic device local library”. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Olympian Ryan Lochte Files Trademark Application for “Jeah!”

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 30, 2012

California Trademark LawOrange County – With the recent run of athletes registering trademarks for catch phrases, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte decided he would also dip a toe in the water.  According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Lochte has recently filed a trademark application for his catchphrase “Jeah!”.  Lochte claims he coined the term ‘Jeah’ after listening to rapper Young Jeezy, who often uses the word ‘Cheah’ in his songs.  After trading a “j” for the “ch”, Lochte says that the nonsensical word means “good or happy” to him.  The swimmer hopes to use the phrase on sunglasses, clothing, jewelry, DVDs, key chains, trading cards, calendars, hats, posters, mugs, water bottles, swimsuits, swim goggles and swim caps.  Lochte already sells the phrase on t-shirts, sunglasses and hats. Read the rest »

U.S. Shuts Down Copyright Pirated Android Mobile App Sites

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 29, 2012

applications Los Angeles - The U.S. government on Tuesday carried out seizure orders against three websites that allegedly operated as marketplaces for pirated versions of copyrighted mobile applications for Google Inc.’s Android open source mobile operating system. Read the rest »

San Diego Based Evolution Fast Foods Sues Starbucks For Trademark Infringement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 29, 2012

pizzaSan Diego – Evolution Fast Foods LLC announced last week that it is suing coffee giant Starbucks for trademark infringement. The case, filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, accuses Starbucks of trademark infringement, contributory infringement and unfair competition. In its court documents, Evolution Fast Foods claims that Starbucks’ new Evolution Fresh logo will likely cause confusion among consumers because it is substantially similar to its own logo. The lawsuit specifies similarities between the Evolution Fast Foods and new Evolution Fresh logos, such as the use of a lower case “e” in close proximity to upper case block letters. In addition, the two brand names are just too similar in a marketplace where the two products could be located side by side if plans by both parties continue to progress as planned. Read the rest »

Google Nets Major Video Object Recognition Patent

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 29, 2012

Patent Dispute Google Inc. was issued a patent on Tuesday covering technology allowing for automatic recognition of large objects in videos without any need for a user’s assistance, pointing the way to possible new online video applications on YouTube or elsewhere. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

LivingSocial Hit With P2P Advertising Patent Infringement Suit

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 28, 2012

Patent LawsuitsBlue Calypso Inc. lodged a patent infringement action against LivingSocial Inc. on Friday accusing the online deal company of wrongly taking advantage of its patented technology for peer-to-peer advertising. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement