Orange 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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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 »
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.
California – Apple was recently assigned a patent, numbered 8,666,034 , which will allow users to listen to a message as it is being left by a caller and then pick up mid-message, if desired. Read the rest »
California – Two of hip hop’s biggest names have called a truce in their headline-making legal dispute. Pharrell Williams and Will.i.am recently came to a formal agreement in a trademark infringement conflict. While the exact terms are undisclosed, the settlement ensures that no further legal action will be taken by either party. Read the rest »
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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Los 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 »
Orange 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.
Orange 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 »
Orange 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 »