California Intellectual Property Blog

USPTO Throws Out Most of Zillow’s “Z-Estimate” Patent Claims

By Mandour & Associates, APC on April 8, 2014

home-price-150x150 San Diego – As a result of a case brought before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the patent encompassing Zillow’s popular home valuation tool has been seriously diluted.   In its ruling, the Board found 25 of the 40 claims mentioned in the patent, referred to as the ’674 patent, unpatentable.  Zillow filed for the patent back in 2006 but wasn’t granted patent protection for its “Z-Estimate” tool, which is featured prominently on its website, until 2011.

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Posted in: Patent Registration

Johnny Manziel Scores Trademark Rights to “Johnny Football”

By Mandour & Associates, APC on April 3, 2014

Trademark RegistrationOrange County – Texas A&M Football star Johnny Manziel landed a big victory this recently as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) handed down a final refusal against a company that sought trademark rights to the name “Johnny Football.”  The 21 year-old standout quarterback filed his own trademark application for Johnny Football on February 2, 2013 in relation to clothing and entertainment services, including motivational speaking.  Another company, however, had already filed the same trademark application earlier in 2012.  As a result of that filing, Manziel’s own application was suspended pending the disposition of the prior filed application.

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IBM Looks to Patent Technology that Reads Human Feelings

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 28, 2014

face-150x150 Los Angeles – A recent patent filing by the country’s leading holder of patents may be about to take the connection people feel with computers to a whole new level.  According to an application published earlier this month by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), IBM is seeking protection over technology that takes sensory input from humans and digitizes it in order to recognize and differentiate various human emotions. Read the rest »

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Proctor and Gamble Looks to Protect Old Spice Whistle as Sound Trademark

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 25, 2014

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Los Angeles – According to documents filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Proctor & Gamble has applied for trademark protection for the Old Spice whistle.  The application was filed on January 17, 2014 and describes the trademark as “a whistled tune comprising of the following notes: A3 sixteenth note, A3 sixteenth note, B3 eighth note, D4 eighth note, C#4 dotted eighth note, E4 sixteenth note, F#4 eighth note, D4 eighth note.” The USPTO has cleared the application for publication, making the famous jingle one of the relatively select few sound marks allowed federal trademark protection.

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Samsung Creates a New Function to Compete With Apple’s Pinch-to-Zoom Patent

By Mandour & Associates, APC on March 14, 2014

touching screen on tablet-pc Los Angeles – A recent patent filed by Samsung looks to get around Apple’s patented pinch-to-zoom technology, which has been a source of major contention between the two tech powerhouses for years.  The issue goes back to before Apple was famously awarded $1 billion in patent infringement damages in 2012.  Though that award was eventually reduced to hundreds of millions, one of the major hot buttons in the litigation surrounded the pinch-to-zoom technology.  The presiding judge found that Samsung had infringed Apple’s pinch-to-zoom patent, dubbed the ‘ 915 patent, in over 20 of its devices.
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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 »

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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 »

Apple and Samsung are Back at it in Patent Battle

By Mandour & Associates, APC on February 17, 2014

Intellectual Property Infringement San Diego – The nation’s two top mobile device makers will head back to court next month to duke it out yet again.  This trial, the third between the big name rivals, will start March 31st and will cover five patents and a total of twenty devices that the companies respectively claim are infringing.   The setting is familiar for both companies, as it will take place in the same courthouse and will be heard by the same judge as the last two trials.

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Posted in: Patent Infringement