Mandour & Associates, APC – California Intellectual Property Blog

DJ Threatens to Sue to Get Trademark for Cat’s Meowingtons Name

By Joseph Mandour on January 4, 2017

Los Angeles – A cat named Meowingtons is at the center of a recent trademark controversy. Meowingtons is a black and white cat adopted from the Humane Society by famous EDM DJ Deadmau5 (pronounced dead mouse). The Meowingtons trademark is currently registered to Emma Bassiri, but Deadmau5 is threatening to sue to cancel her trademark registration. Read the rest »

USPTO Denies Trademark Application for NHL’s Newest Team

By Joseph Mandour on December 22, 2016

Orange County – The NHL’s newest team – the Las Vegas Golden Knights – ran into legal trouble over its name less than a month after a big Vegas-style ceremony revealing the team name to the public. The trademark application that the team filed for its name was denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Read the rest »

Kardashian Sisters File Opposition to Blac Chyna’s Kardashian Trademark

By Joseph Mandour on December 13, 2016

Los Angeles – The sisters Kardashian are in another trademark battle, and this time its family. This year Blac Chyna, who is the mother of Rob Kardashian’s (the sister’s brother) first child and the star of Rob and Chyna, filed a trademark application for ANGELA RENEE KARDASHIAN with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Last week, the corporations owned by the Kardashian sisters filed an opposition to the trademark claiming that its use would confuse the public. Read the rest »

Snuggie Maker Sues Amazon for Trademark Infringement

By Joseph Mandour on December 9, 2016

amazonLos Angeles – The creator of the Snuggie blanket, Allstar Marketing Group, along with two other companies that sell products on Amazon are in a lawsuit with the mega online retailer alleging that it committed trademark infringement. The lawsuit claims that Seattle-based Amazon is allowing many other competitors to flood Amazon’s marketplace with counterfeit items which is causing a loss in consumer good will and profit. Read the rest »

“We Shall Overcome” Copyright Lawsuit Moves Forward

By Joseph Mandour on November 28, 2016

constitution-flagLos Angeles – A judge in New York last week ruled in favor of allowing a copyright lawsuit challenging the copyright of “We Shall Overcome”. The song is a civil rights anthem and protest song. The lawsuit claims that lyrics in the song have been taken from other songs, such as African-American spirituals, and thus the copyright was never valid. Read the rest »

Trump Wins Major Trademark Battle in China

By Joseph Mandour on November 17, 2016

Orange County – Roughly ten years ago, in 2006, Donald Trump and the Trump Organization attempted to register his Trump trademark across numerous categories of goods and services in China. After numerous bumps in the application process, Mr. Trump has finally won his fight for the Trump name in China for real-estate-agent services in both the commercial and residential sectors. Read the rest »

Ohio State Accuses CafePress of Trademark Infringement

By Joseph Mandour on November 9, 2016

cafepresslogoSan Diego – Ohio State University has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in federal court in Columbus, Ohio against CafePress, an online retailer based out of Louisville, Kentucky. The lawsuit claims that the online retailer is selling apparel and other merchandise that infringes on Ohio State’s trademarks. Read the rest »

Trump TV Trademark Might Be Taken

By Joseph Mandour on October 31, 2016

Orange County – In a little more than a week, our country will elect a new president. Early voting aside, it is estimated that not all Democrats are voting for Hillary Clinton and not all Republicans are supporting Donald Trump. If for some reason Trump doesn’t win on November 8th, he may already have his contingency plan in place for what he will do next. Read the rest »

Lucasfilm Sues Jedi School Over Trademark

By Joseph Mandour on October 25, 2016

moviesLos Angeles – Lucasfilm filed a lawsuit this month against the owner of New York Jedi and Lightsaber Academy. The business in question here teaches classes on how to use lightsabers and act out Jedi battles for “illuminated stage combat” according to the New York Jedi website. Read the rest »

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Offensive Names Can be a Trademark

By Joseph Mandour on October 14, 2016

supreme_courtSan Diego – The Slants, an Asian American rock band from Portland, Oregon, are taking their case to the Supreme Court which will decide whether the band can trademark its name. The band’s trademark application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was refused because the trademark office found that it is an offensive term. Read the rest »