2012 November Archive

“Angry Birds” Toy Counterfeiter Slapped with Copyright and Trademark Injunction

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 30, 2012

bird_crow-200x149 Los Angeles - A California Federal judge ordered a counterfeiter to stop selling toys that infringe on Rovio Entertainment Ltd.’s copyrights and trademarks related to its popular video game, “Angry Birds.” Read the rest »

Patent Chief Defends System Against Google and Other Critics

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 26, 2012

binary-200x133 Los Angeles – US Patent and Trademark Director Dave Kappos defended the patent system against critics, such as Google, who have been claiming the system is broken. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Cadbury Registers British Trademark For Shade of Purple

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 22, 2012

candy-easter-cadbury-thumb-200x150-30619 California – The British Intellectual Property Office (IPO) recently granted trademark registration to English chocolatier Cadbury for Cadbury’s distinctive shade of purple used on chocolate packaging. Issuing the registration ended three years of litigation between Cadbury and Swiss competitor Nestle who opposed the trademark’s registration. Read the rest »

Johnny Manziel Fights to Trademark his Popular Nickname

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 20, 2012

Trademark Infringement Orange County – Texas A&M and the Manziel family are working to trademark quarterback Johnny Manziel’s nickname “Johnny Football,” but someone else has already claimed it. Read the rest »

Former Frontman Fights for VILLAGE PEOPLE Trademark

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 15, 2012

concert-thumb-200x132-29725 California – The Federal Circuit stood by the TTAB’s decision to refuse cancellation of the VILLAGE PEOPLE live music trademark.
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Judge to Decide Reasonable Royalty Rates for Essential, Industry-Standard Patents

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 13, 2012

cellphone-flip-isolated-in-white-200x148 San Diego – For the first time, a federal judge will determine what constitutes a reasonable royalty rate for patents that have become an industry standard.  The case, which begins Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Seattle, started when Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Motorola in November 2012 claiming that Motorola breached its contract to provide use of its patents at a reasonable rate.  The technology relates to online-video viewing and wireless usage. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Apple Ordered to Pay $368 Million in Patent Infringement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 8, 2012

Los Angeles Patent LawsuitsOrange County – A federal grand jury in Texas has awarded VirnetX Holding Corp. $368.2 Million in a patent infringement lawsuit with Apple Inc. The lawsuit against Apple Inc. was filed last year with the United States District Court in East Texas citing claims of infringement of four VirnetX patents by Apple’s popular Face Time application. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

R.J. Reynolds Sues Electronic Cigarette Maker for Trademark Infringement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 6, 2012

cigarette-150x150Los Angeles – Reynolds Innovations Inc., a subsidiary of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., is suing electronic cigarette maker SAS Technologies for trademark infringement.

The lawsuit, filed last week in United States District Court in North Carolina, alleges that SAS Technologies is infringing on Reynolds’ signature Camel and Winston trademarked brands.  The Alabama-based SAS Technologies markets its smoke-free electronic cigarettes under the brand name SaveASmoker.com and manufactures and sells flavored liquid nicotine products for use with the smokeless cigarettes. Read the rest »

Microsoft Sued For Patent Infringement Over Windows Live Tiles

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 1, 2012

microsoft-200x132 Los Angeles – Though it was only launched a week ago, Microsoft is already being sued for patent infringement over its Windows 8 Live Tiles.  The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by SurfCast in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine.  In its court documents, the Portland, Maine based company claims it owns the intellectual property for Live Tiles, the most popular feature of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system.  The lawsuit further alleges that the dynamic tiles system used in Windows 8 infringes on SurfCast’s patent for a “System and Method for Simultaneous Display of Multiple Information Sources.” Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement