Orange County – In the aftermath of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon attack, no less than 8 separate trademark applications containing the words “Boston Strong” have been filed with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The phrase became a popular credo for Bostonians who gathered to show support for one another during a difficult time. Read the rest »
2013 April Archive
San Diego – Last week Ericsson Inc. added eight additional patents to its patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. The original complaint, filed last November in a Texas U.S. District Court, was spawned by Samsung’s refusal to renew a license it had to 12 Ericsson patents covering various telecommunications devices and related multimedia equipment.
California – Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III burst onto the NFL scene last season as a rookie. With his RGIII nickname gaining popularity he chose to try to protect it by filing an RGIII U.S. trademark application. The application is for “shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, pants, shorts, footwear, hats, caps, athletic uniforms”. Read the rest »
Orange County – A Federal Court of Appeals Judge upheld the decision made by a Florida District Court by holding that Aspex Eyewear Inc. is precluded from making a nearly identical patent infringement claim that it made in a previously failed patent infringement case against a different company. Read the rest »
Los Angeles – U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Elizabeth LaPorte recently ruled that Avocet Sports Technology Inc. waited an unreasonable amount of time, 6 years, to initiate a patent infringement case against Polar Electro, Inc. Thus, she dismissed the case due to the doctrine of laches.
Los Angeles – Tory Burch LLC, fashionable and popular maker of sportswear, shoes, handbags and small accessories, won a default judgment in an Illinois federal court case against several unknown persons who were selling bogus Tory Burch merchandise over the Internet. The complaint, filed in February of this year, was directed to “DOES 1 through 100” claiming the entities had infringed on Tory Burch’s trademarks by offering fake goods using the Tory Burch famous name and trademarked logo on several of its websites. Read the rest »
San Diego – Couristan Inc., a carpeting and rug manufacturer based in New Jersey, was sued in Nebraska federal court last week by Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company. The lawsuit involves a recently released line of faux animal skin carpets under the “Wild Kingdom” moniker which Mutual of Omaha believes is likely to cause confusion with its TV series of the same name. Read the rest »
California – Both CBS Corp. and NBC Universal Media LLC were sued in separate Texas federal court actions by Personal Audio LLC, a Beaumont, Texas company who claims to be “pioneers in playlists and podcasting.” The lawsuits stem from claims by Personal Audio that CBS and NBS are infringing on one of its five patents, U.S. Patent No. 8,112,504 B2. The patent at issue covers transmission of audio programming through the internet. Read the rest »
Orange County – Bausch & Lomb Inc., well-known optical innovators since the early 1900′s, recently filed a counterclaim seeking cancellation of a trademark in a lawsuit in which Bausch & Lomb was sued for trademark infringement. The trademark at issue is “See better Live Better”. Read the rest »
San Diego – On Monday U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess announced a stay in a patent infringement lawsuit against Southwest Airlines Co. until the USPTO finalizes its re-examination of the patents cited in the Complaint. Feess ruled that it doesn’t make sense to continue the case until the patent re-examination is complete. Read the rest »