Orange County – On Halloween, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) published Apple’s newest patent for a solar panel implementation to help with power management in its iPads, iPhones and Macbooks. The application, entitled “Power Management Systems for Accepting Adapter and Solar Power in Electronic Devices,” was filed in August of last year with three Apple employees listed as inventors. Read the rest »
California Intellectual Property Blog
Orange County – Notorious motorcycle club the Hells Angels filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in California federal court last week, accusing Rapper Young Jeezy and department store Dillard’s of using its logo without permission. Specifically, the Hells Angels have taken issue with the logo featured in Jeezy’s clothing line, 8732 Apparel. Since Dillard’s carries the line and has sold some of the contested merchandise, it was also named as a party to the lawsuit. Read the rest »
Los Angeles – Apple scored a huge break this week as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) changed its mind and confirmed the patentability of a sought-after patent now dubbed the “Steve Jobs Patent.” The ruling came almost a year after the PTO initially rejected all twenty of the cited claims. After months of reconsidering, however, it finally stated this week that, “No amendments have been made to the patent. As a result of the re-examination, it has been determined that the patentability of claims 1-20 is confirmed.”
Los Angeles – Nestle has encountered a huge setback as the European Patent Office (EPO) this week threw out a patent that has to do with its popular Nespresso single serve coffee system. The regulatory body, which covers 28 European countries, did not set forth its exact reasons for invalidating the patent, but noted that such an explanation will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. This blow comes at a crucial time for Nestle as it has been publicly attempting to stop several rivals, such as Ethical Coffee Company SA and Mondelez International Inc., from producing coffee pods that fit in the Nespresso machines.
Los Angeles – By winning a Trademark Infringement lawsuit earlier this week, Bentley Motors effectively shut down producers of car kits designed to make other cars looks like its own luxury models. U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington granted a preliminary injunction against defendants Fugazzi Cars Inc. and Keeping It Real Auto Customizing Inc., which both make “Bentley car kits.” The popular car kits consist of add ons that one can affix to their own cars to make them look like Bentley vehicles. Read the rest »
Orange County – Last week Pinterest filed a lawsuit against travel website Pintrips, citing trademark infringement and dilution among other claims. Pinterest, which is known for fiercely protecting its brand and image, stated that the lawsuit came as a results of “Pintrips’ decision to adopt a social media brand that is confusingly similar to Pinterest’s, and its refusal to recognize, discuss or remediate the confusion it causes among consumers.” Specifically, in its complaint Pinterest argued that the Pintrips name is too similar to its own in appearance, sound, and commercial impression and that users often use Pinterest to pin travel-related ideas, which also adds to the confusion among consumers. Read the rest »
Orange County – Always looking to make life more convenient in the digital lives of its users, Google this week filed a new patent application to attempt to solve the pesky problem of splitting group checks. Filed by a group of six East Coast Google employees, the filing specifically seeks protection over a method of “tracking and managing group expenditures.” Read the rest »
Los Angeles – Several rivals of Dish Network rallied together last week to oppose a newly filed Trademark Application for “Dish Anywhere.” Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox, and Charter Communications all filed oppositions against fellow Pay-TV operator Dish Network, claiming that they would be harmed if Dish Network was granted the exclusive right to use the term. Read the rest »
Los Angeles – A newly filed patent application by Tesla Motors reveals the company’s interest in finally finding a solution to one of the electric car’s biggest problems: how to keep cars going on long trips in between charging stations. The California-based company that produces only electric vehicles submitted a patent application for an innovative metal-air battery that would kick in once its normal lithium-ion battery runs out. This technology would make it so that Tesla owners would have the option to switch to this secondary battery when running low on a charge, allowing it to continue for up to another 400 miles.
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Orange County – Two big name chocolate producers faced off last week as the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office found that Cadbury cannot stop rival Whittaker’s from using the Trademark “Berry Forest.” Cadbury, which is famous for its chocolate bunnies and Cadbury Creme eggs, filed an opposition to keep Whittaker’ s from using the Berry Forest name, claiming that it is too similar to its own “Black Forest” chocolate bar. Read the rest »