San Diego – As summer heats up, so does the fight over ice cream by two major food producers. Fast food giant Wendy’s International, Inc. has filed trademark infringement claims against United Dairy Farmers, Inc. for its use of the trademark Frosties on United Dairy Farmers’ prepackaged soft-serve ice cream. Read the rest »
2013 June Archive
Orange County – Rival home appraisal companies Zillow Inc. and Trulia Inc. have continued their bitter feud in federal court in Washington’s Western District. Most recently, Trulia petitioned on June 17th to have the court invalidate Zillow’s patent for its home valuation program while Zillow continues to claim patent infringement against Trulia. Read the rest »
Los Angeles – The copyright for the song, “Happy Birthday to You” came under fire in federal court last week when filmmaker Jennifer Nelson filed a lawsuit to cancel the copyright. The lawsuit, brought in New York federal court in Manhattan, seeks to place the infamous birthday song in the public domain and force the copyright holder to return the licensing fees paid for use in the past four years. Read the rest »
Los Angeles – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in a landmark case Thursday that natural human genes cannot be patented. The case, Association for Medical Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, was originally brought in federal court in the Southern District of New York in 2010, but made its way through appeals to the nation’s top court.
Orange County – A fierce battle is underway between the nation’s top cheese producers over the rights to the term ‘Toppers’. Saputo Cheese USA, Inc. holds the U.S. Trademark for ‘Toppers’ and the company claims that Kraft Food Group, Inc. infringed on its trademark by using the same term in its product description. Read the rest »
California – Barnes & Noble Inc. scored a big win in federal court June 7th when a jury found that it did not infringe on gift card technology developed by Alexsam Inc. This is first of many upcoming trials related to claims of patent infringement brought by Alexsam against other large retailers. Read the rest »
San Diego – On the brink of trial, TiVo Inc. reached a massive settlement agreement with Motorola Mobility Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc., and Cisco Systems Inc. to end the patent infringement disputes brought by all sides. Read the rest »
California – Upscale footwear designer Christian Louboutin is back in federal court again, defending the well-known trade dress for red-soled shoes. This time, Louboutin claims the infringer is Huntington Beach, California-based brand Charles Jourdan Fashion Footwear LLC, as well as other unnamed companies and individuals. Read the rest »
Los Angeles – What began as a 20th anniversary tour for rock band Stone Temple Pilots ended in California court after the band fired its lead singer, Scott Weiland, and sued him for trademark infringement, among other claims.
Orange County - The decision as to who the front runner is in the area of coupons delivered via electronic means may be decided in a U.S. District Court in eastern Texas. With the registration of its newest patent, Blue Calypso Inc. believes it has the upper hand in the area of web-based couponing. That’s why it recently filed another round of patent complaints naming Yelp, Groupon, Foursquare, MyLikes Inc. and Izea Inc. Read the rest »