California Intellectual Property Blog

Candy Crush Saga Makers Rethink “Candy” Trademark Application

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 12, 2014

Trademark ApplicationLos Angeles – The manufacturer of the hugely popular and equally addictive app, Candy Crush Saga, has withdrawn its “Candy”  trademark application with the Unites States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). King. com Limited originally filed the application back in February 2013, causing a wave of backlash and criticism among those who claimed that the British video game company was attempting to unfairly monopolize use of a common word.   King also stirred up complaints from other app makers, who claimed that their games were being threatened because of their own use of the generic word. Read the rest »

Ford Infringed Automatic Turn Signal Technology, According to New Lawsuit

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 6, 2014

Patent InfringementOrange County – Execs at Ford Motor Co. are busy fending off the second patent infringement lawsuit they have been faced with this month.  This one was filed in the District Court of the United States for the District of Delaware by an American inventor named Richard Ponziani, who claims that Ford willfully infringed on his patent for turn signal technology.

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Posted in: Patent Infringement

Apple Lands Patent for Health Tracking Earbuds

By Mandour & Associates, APC on February 24, 2014

LA Patent AttorneyOrange County – Apple was recently granted an interesting patent that has to do with health monitoring earphones.  The new technology is intended for use in sports and fitness and would track vital health statistics in real time.  The new product would allow users to control the connected device through the use of hand gestures and would provide feedback as to body temperature, perspiration, and heart rate. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

New Facebook App Provokes Trademark Fight Over “Paper”

By Mandour & Associates, APC on February 21, 2014

Trademark LitigationOrange County – Facebook has ruffled the feathers of design app company FiftyThree, Inc. with its launch of its new standalone social media app called Paper.   Paper by FiftyThree, Inc. issued a statement on its website and also sent a formal letter to Facebook, asking Facebook to stop use of the name.  In response, Facebook has apologized that the makers of the drawing app were not notified earlier, but that it has no plan to discontinue the use of the word Paper from its app. Read the rest »

Cell Phone Controlled Drone Maker Sues Rival for Patent Infringement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on February 11, 2014

drone-150x150 Los Angeles – Drone Technologies, Inc., a Taiwanese company that specializes in the manufacture of remote controlled drone devices is taking Parrot Inc. to court for allegedly infringing on some of its patents.  After squabbling back and forth about the alleged infringement since 2012, Drone Technologies has decided to file a formal complaint in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.

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Posted in: Patent Infringement

New Apple Patent Reveals Cool Additions to Device Track Pad

By Mandour & Associates, APC on January 30, 2014

Patent Infringement Claims Los Angeles – A recently filed patent provides a snapshot of what might be on the horizon for Apple’s next generation of devices.  The new technology, which is referenced in a patent that was granted last week, surrounds the sensors features in the touch pads of Apple products.  The patent is exciting news for the multitude of Apple fans eagerly awaiting the next line of MacBook devices, which have been the subject of less patent filings when compared to Apple’s other devices like the iPad and iPhone.

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Posted in: Patent Registration

Things Get Sticky for French Chef, who Finally Lands “Cronut” Trademark Registration

By Mandour & Associates, APC on January 29, 2014

Trademark DisputeLos Angeles – After months of fighting off other bakers, French pastry chef Dominque Ansel has finally prevailed in registering his fancy baked treat as a trademark.   The “Cronut” officially registered as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on January 14 in connection with Class 30 for an array of baked goods and other sweets.  The registration emerges long after Ansel originally applied for it in the spring of 2013 and his road to getting the registration has been fraught with turmoil.  Now, Ansel has released a statement backing up his decision to register the Cronut name. Read the rest »

Google Squares Off Against Intellectual Ventures in Patent Fight

By Mandour & Associates, APC on January 27, 2014

Patent DisputeOrange County – A patent dispute that began back in 2011 between Google-owned Motorola and Intellectual Ventures is finally heading to court. The lawsuit was filed by Washington-based Intellectual Ventures against Motorola over three smartphone patents, including one that involves the type of technology used in Google Play. The case is making waves in the technology industry by stirring up debate over the legitimacy of companies that achieve success by buying patents and then suing for patent infringement. While Intellectual Ventures contends that Motorola has infringed its patents, Google counters that Intellectual Ventures does not actually make anything and that it is not in the business of creating innovation, but of making profits.

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Posted in: Patent Registration

IBM Tops Annual List of Patent Assignees in 2013

By Mandour & Associates, APC on January 21, 2014

Patent Attorney Los AngelesOrange County – A new report listing the nation’s top patent recipients of 2013 shows fascinating results.  The listing, which is compiled annually by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, ranked IBM as the top patent assignee of the year, with a whopping total of 6,809.  IBM’s impressive numbers set the record for most patents awarded in a year to a single company ever by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Kate Spade Scores Big Win in “Saturday” Trademark Dispute

By Mandour & Associates, APC on January 21, 2014

Trademark InfringementOrange County – A federal judge’s ruling kicked 2014 off to a good start for Kate Spade.  The holding cleared the high end retailer’s new brand “Saturday” from allegations of trademark infringement brought by a men’s apparel company called Saturdays Surf NYC.  The dispute began when Kate Spade filed a request for declaratory judgment that its Saturday brand did not infringe Saturdays Surf NYC.  In response to the filing, Saturdays Surf LLC, filed a counterclaim citing trademark infringement on the part of Kate Spade’s Saturday. Read the rest »