California Intellectual Property Blog

New Patent Filing Adds to Anticipation of iPhone 6

By Mandour & Associates, APC on January 9, 2014

Los Angeles Patents Los Angeles – A recent patent application filed by Apple has people gearing up more than ever for the iPhone 6.   Entitled “Voice-Based Image Tagging and Searching,” the application seeks protection over technology that would let users tag and organize photos by speaking.  While iPhones have been able to sort photos by the time and location they were taken since the launch of iOS 7 in the fall of 2013, this patent takes it a step further.

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Nestle Seeks Patent Over Fennel Flower Plant, Stirs Up Controversy

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 18, 2013

fennel-150x150 Los Angeles – Nestle has come under fire for its recent patent application seeking protection over an extraction of the fennel flower seed, which comes from a plant that has been used by humans since as early as the 10th century.   At the forefront of the groups that are criticizing the Swiss-based food leader is Sum of Us, an organization that identifies itself as “fighting for people over profits.” The group claims that Nestle is attempting to profit from the fennel flower itself, which has been used as a homeopathic remedy for thousands of years.
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Panthers Coach Ron Rivera Makes Move to Trademark “Riverboat Ron”

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 17, 2013

Trademark RegistrationLos Angeles – Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has officially jumped on the sports-nickname trademark bandwagon. Adding to a long line of athletes and coaches who have sought protection over their monikers – from Kobe Bryant and Jeremy Lin to Jameis Winston and Tim Tebow – Rivera’s “Riverboat Ron” has been added to the list. Read the rest »

Apple Scores Patent for Curved Screen

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 14, 2013

Patent LawsOrange County – Last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted Apple, Inc. its first patent dealing with the technology to create curved displays for its products.  Since the famously tight-lipped company is known for not giving away its upcoming technological implementations, the filings are an important look into what might be on the horizon for Apple.  The development is not too much of a surprise, however, given that both Samsung and LG have both recently entered the market of curved display devices.

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Patent Filing Reveals High Performance Hybrids Next Up for Ferrari

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 6, 2013

LA Patent AttorneysOrange County – A new patent filed with the European Patent Register gives a glimpse at what is on the horizon for Ferrari. In several filings dating back to as early as January of last year, the Italian sports car manufacturer details its plans for a hybrid vehicle with a front engine.  The title of the first filing, “Storage system for the storage of electric energy for a vehicle with electric propulsion” is the most telling and makes it clear that Ferrari is at the very least, seriously considering adding a new hybrid car to its lineup. Read the rest »

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Iconic Burberry Plaid Trademark Under Fire in China

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 6, 2013

Intellectual Property DisputeOrange County – Famed high-end brand Burberry scrambled last week to appeal a decision made by China’s Intellectual Property Office to cancel protection of its iconic tartan plaid design.  The UK-based fashion house immediately challenged the loss of protection, which was handed down in one of its biggest Asian markets.  China alleged that Burberry had failed to make specific use of the Trademark for the three year statutory period and concluded that the protection of the design had expired. Read the rest »

West Coast to Get its Own Federal Patent and Trademark Office Branch

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 26, 2013

USPTO-Image-164x164Los Angeles – After years of red tape and uncertainty, officials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia, finally announced that a West Coast-based office will soon open in California.  The new office will be based in San Jose, inside the recently constructed City Hall in the middle of the tech-driven city of almost one million people.  According the statement, the office is set to open in late 2014. Read the rest »

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New Apple Patent Has Siri Sounding Like ChaCha

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 15, 2013

Los Angeles Patents Los Angeles – In a recently filed patent, Apple Inc. set out its plans to make Siri more realistic by adding a crowd sourcing feature.   The recently filed patent sounds similar to the already existing search engine, ChaCha, which allows users to search for answers provided by real life people.   The technology is being thought of by many as Apple’s attempt to fix the most cited complaint about Siri in that she often fails to provide answers to real life everyday questions, beyond purely factual information contained in search results. Read the rest »

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Cannabis Biotech Announces Patent Filing for Medical Marijuana Dispensing Device

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 9, 2013

Patent FilingOrange County – A subsidiary company of Puget Technologies this week announced its filing of a patent for a new type of marijuana dispensing device.  In its filing, Cannabis Biotech set forth claims over its proprietary metered-dose dispenser, which will allow for more control in the administration of medical marijuana dosages.  This is another in a line of products for which the Florida-based company is seeking patent protection in order to deliver more accurate dosages for individualized patient needs.

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Zynga Wins Scrabble/Scramble Trademark War With Mattel

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 8, 2013

Trademark BattleLos Angeles  - One of the best known providers of social gaming applications has won a trademark dispute against the world’s biggest toy and game manufacturer. The English High court ruled earlier this week that Zynga’s “Scramble With Friends” word game does not infringe on Mattel’s classic Scrabble board game. Mattel had originally filed a lawsuit against Zynga, claiming that its use of the word “Scramble” was likely to cause confusion among consumers with its own “Scrabble.” Read the rest »