California Intellectual Property Blog

Aereo Loses Supreme Court Copyright Battle to Networks’ Delight

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 8, 2014

cableOrange County – The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Aereo TV service, the start-up tech firm that distributes local television signals over the Internet, is a copyright infringement. The case, ABC v. Aereo, which has generated much controversy, culminated in a 6-3 decision this week will also mark the end of this small company. Aereo launched about two years ago as the cheaper option for consumers who are paying high prices for cable and satellite television. Read the rest »

Washington Redskins Trademark Cancelled, Held to be Disparaging

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 1, 2014

Closeup of American Football on FieldLos Angeles – A recent ruling by the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that the NFL’s Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging” will provide a shot in the arm for those who have been vocal advocates of changing the team’s name.  The ruling no doubt increases the financial and political pressure for a movement that has been gaining momentum over the last two years.  The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board voted 2-1 in support of the name change and even President Barack Obama has weighed in on the topic encouraging the team to consider changing the name. Read the rest »

Tesla Allows Others To Use Patent Portfolio

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 26, 2014

teslaOrange County – In what has been hailed as a bold and unprecedented move, Tesla Motors is opening its patent portfolio in hopes of encouraging other automakers to create new electric vehicles. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, said Tesla will not pursue patent lawsuits against anyone who wants to use its electric car technology “in good faith.” Musk says the “wall of patents” has been removed “in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.” Musk made the announcement at the Palo Alto-based company’s annual shareholder meeting this month. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Trademark Issued for Pi Symbol for Clothing Line Causes Uproar

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 23, 2014

pi symbolLos Angeles – A Brooklyn artist and entrepreneur has trademarked the pi symbol to brand his line of t-shirts, tank tops and hats, angering many math geeks and clothing designers who use the symbol on a variety of objects and apparel. The artist, Paul Igrisano, claims that he sought a trademark for the symbol pi, with the period added, because he was trying to protect his trademark rights and business. Read the rest »

Apple Receives Patent on a Drop-proof iPhone

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 16, 2014

iphone-appsOrange County – Apple is renowned for its forward thinking patents. Recently, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the company a patent for a special construction process that involves sapphire glass displays and LiquidMetal. The patent approval happened soon after Apple announced that it has exclusive rights to LiquidMetal’s unique alloy until 2015. LiquidMetal is a “bulk amorphous alloy” that looks like metal in liquid form, but moves like molten plastic. Despite its name it is not liquid at room temperature. So far, it’s been used to make items such as SIM card ejectors, military equipment and medical devices. It has still not been used in common consumer products. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Beastie Boys Win $1.7 Million in Copyright Infringement Case Against Monster

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 11, 2014

HeadphonesSan Diego – The Beastie Boys recently prevailed in the copyright infringement case filed against Monster Beverage Corp for using the band’s songs in an online video without permission. The case was filed in Manhattan. Read the rest »

California Chrome’s Owners File to Trademark Horse’s Name

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 3, 2014

HorseracingSan Diego – The owners of California Chrome, the horse that could potentially win the first Triple Crown in 36 years, have filed a trademark application for the horse’s name. California Chrome’s owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin along with their wives, who make up the horse’s ownership entity filed the trademark just two days before California Chrome won the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown. The owners are hoping to trademark the phrase on athletic apparel including shirts, pants, jackets, shoes, and hats. The filing states that gear with California Chrome’s name was first sold in April 2013. Read the rest »

Sony Seeks Patent Related to Household Robots

By Mandour & Associates, APC on May 29, 2014

robotOrange County – Back in 2006, Sony closed down its entertainment robotics division when consumers gave its egg-shaped robotic music player, dubbed Rolly, the cold shoulder. It seemed at the time that Sony was done with robots. But, a recently published patent application suggests that the Japanese electronics giant still sees a future for household robots. In fact, a recent patent application (No. 20140074292) describes a robot that looks like the company’s humanoid robot. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Swatch May Fight Apple’s ‘iWatch’ to Prevent Trademark Confusion

By Mandour & Associates, APC on May 22, 2014

swatchSan Diego – Swiss watch manufacturer Swatch is considering taking steps to stop Apple from registering the name “iWatch” for trademark protection, saying the name is too similar to Swatch’s already trademarked “iSwatch.” In recent years, despite Apple’s reluctance to even confirm the existence of an “iWatch” product, the technology giant has busily conducted a global trademark registration campaign, filing for protection of the name “iWatch” in numerous countries, including Taiwan, Mexico, Japan, and Russia. Read the rest »

Tesla Ends Fight for “Model E” Trademark

By Mandour & Associates, APC on May 15, 2014

teslaLos Angeles – After a lengthy legal bout with Ford Motors, Tesla has finally decided to pull the plug on its plan to obtain trademark protection for “Model E” in connection to its next generation sedan. The U.S. based electric auto maker filed its trademark application for the “Model E” name in August of last year, ruffling Ford’s feathers over the use of the name. Ford then filed its own trademark application in December 2013 asserting its own rights in the trademark. Read the rest »