2013 March Archive

Diet Food Companies Clash over SLIM-FAST and SLIMFUL Trademarks

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 26, 2013

weight_scale-thumb-200x133-61791 Orange County – Unilever NV and International IP Holdings, LLC are in a trademark war, debating whether International IP Holdings’ SLIMFUL trademark used in relation to diet foods infringes Unilever’s SLIM-FAST trademark. Read the rest »

Ninth Circuit Reverses Ruling that Jeweler’s RED GOLD Trademark is Generic

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 23, 2013

jewelry-thumb-200x149-61609 California – The Ninth Circuit reversed the lower court’s ruling that dismissed a lawsuit brought by jewelry designer Solid 21, Inc. alleging that its rival Breitling USA, Inc. infringed it RED GOLD trademark, saying the lower court erred when it ruled that the trademark was generic and therefore not protectable. Read the rest »

Apple Sued by THX for Infringing Speaker Patent

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 21, 2013

ipad-iphone-200x131 San Diego – THX Ltd. filed a lawsuit against Apple, Inc. in California federal court claiming that the technology giant is infringing its patent that covers technology for narrow-profile speakers. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Aereo Loses Bid for TRO in AERO Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 20, 2013

Patent Lawyer Los Angeles – Aereo, Inc. lost its bid for a temporary restraining order against Alki David and his Internet television service FilmOn.com, Inc. that would have prohibited David and the company from using the name Aero or the domain name Aero.tv until the trademark infringement lawsuit is over. Read the rest »

Expert says Sony Infringed TV Interactive’s Automatic DVD Playback Patents

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 19, 2013

Property InfringementOrange County – An expert testified in front of a San Francisco jury last Wednesday that Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3 and at least one of the Blu-ray players it sells infringe on four patents related to DVD-loading technology that are owned by TV Interactive Data Corp. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Penguin’s Copyright Claims Dismissed over Rival’s Miniscule Profits

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 15, 2013

books Los Angeles – A New York federal judge dismissed Penguin Group USA, Inc.’s copyright infringement lawsuit against a small online library based out of Arizona that posted Penguin’s books online without authorization, saying that the online library’s profits were not sufficient for the court to have jurisdiction over the case. Read the rest »

Redskins Defend Name in TTAB to Protect Trademark Rights

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 14, 2013

Closeup of American Football on Field Los Angeles – The Washington Redskins asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to dismiss six petitions to cancel filed by a group of Native Americans, arguing that there is no evidence to support the group’s claim that a considerable percentage of Native Americans find the team’s name offensive. Read the rest »

Allergan Wins Partial Summary Judgment on Latisse Patent Infringement Suit

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 12, 2013

eye-150x150 Los Angeles – A Los Angeles federal judge granted partial summary judgment to Allergan, Inc. on Tuesday, saying that Allergan had proven that Cosmetic Alchemy, LLC had induced its customers to infringe Allergan’s patent that covers its popular growth drug for eyelashes. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Drug Maker Cannot Trademark Peppermint Flavor and Scent

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 6, 2013

peppermint-thumb-200x150-60428 Orange County – Drug producer Pohl-Boskamp GmbH & Co. KG cannot trademark the peppermint scent and flavor of a nitroglycerin spray sold to help treat chest pain, according to a recent decision by the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Read the rest »

Judge Upholds $368 Million FaceTime Patent Infringement Judgment against Apple

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 5, 2013

Los Angeles – A Texas federal judge upheld a $368 million patent infringement judgment against Apple Inc. last week, but the judge refused to issue an injunction against Apple over the FaceTime app that would have prevented Apple from offering its video chat product on the market. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement