California Intellectual Property Blog

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 »

New Patent Filings Suggest Google May Have its Sights Set on Smart Contacts

By Mandour & Associates, APC on May 14, 2014

Contact lens bended in right directionOrange County – Move over Google Glass! By the looks of recent patent filings, the tech powerhouse seems to be on to its next big thing – eyeing a new product that would enhance contact lenses with technology such as a camera and sensory input monitoring system. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

New Trademark Filing Gives Glimpse into Apple’s Plans for Watches

By Mandour & Associates, APC on May 13, 2014

Isolated male hands with smartwatch with phone call on the screeLos Angeles – A string of recent trademark filings by Silicon Valley’s biggest name in technology may shed light on the future direction of the company. Records on file with various Intellectual Property Offices around the globe show that Apple has been steadily adding to its trademark filings by broadening its registrations and applications to include jewelry, clocks and watches. Read the rest »

Recent Patent Ruling Likely Won’t Phase Apple or Samsung

By Mandour & Associates, APC on May 12, 2014

iphoneSan Diego – The latest round in what has amounted to a legal boxing match between two of the world’s leaders in smartphone technology has concluded, though many are speculating that the result will do little to cool the dispute. The ruling by a federal jury in California turned up no clear winner, as it found that Samsung copied two of Apples patents and that Apple, in turn, had infringed one of Samsung’s. To further even the score, the jury of four women and four men found that Samsung did not violate two other patents held by Apple. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Former NFL Star Shawne Merriman Takes on Nike Over Use of “Lights Out” Trademark

By Mandour & Associates, APC on May 7, 2014

Closeup of American Football on FieldSan Diego – According to a complaint filed recently in U.S. District Court, former NFL player Shawne Merriman is suing Nike for its use of the phrase “Lights Out,” alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition. In the court filings, the standout linebacker details how he sought federal trademark protection of the phrase back in 2007 and how he has been using it since even before that. Read the rest »

Mmmm…Beer: German Brewer Tries to Trademark Homer’s Beer of Choice

By Mandour & Associates, APC on May 1, 2014

beer-bottle-pouring-thumb-200x132-40682 Orange County – Germany-based Duff Beer UG has applied to the European Union’s general court in Luxembourg for permission to register a European Union trademark for “Duff”, Homer Simpson’s favorite beer. Read the rest »

Patented Boeing Autopilot Technology Questioned in Missing Malaysia Flight MH370

By Mandour & Associates, APC on April 23, 2014

Patent RegistrationOrange County – Back in 2003 Boeing applied for and was granted a patent for technology that allows for remote control operation of an in-air plane’s flight path.  The application suggests that the remote control autopilot system be engaged “when the security of the onboard controls is jeopardized.” Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Google Runs into Trouble in Attempt to Secure Trademark Protection for “Glass”

By Mandour & Associates, APC on April 16, 2014

Glass-google Orange County – There has been no smooth sailing so far for Google in its push to get the word “Glass” registered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as a federally protected trademark. While the company obtained registration relatively easily for “Google Glass” in connection with its much anticipated wearable technology device, the road to registration for its newest application has been much more obstructive. Read the rest »

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