California Intellectual Property Blog

Microsoft Backs Down from British Broadcaster in Fight for SkyDrive Trademark

By Mandour & Associates, APC on February 7, 2014

Microsoft Los Angeles – In a likely effort to shift attention away from the fact that it has thrown in the towel on a major trademark dispute, Microsoft is rolling out a new campaign surrounding the rebranding of its SkyDrive cloud storage system.  The service will now be called OneDrive and comes at the end of a drawn out struggle over the SkyDrive name.

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Makers of Popular Candy Crush Saga File Trademark for “Candy”

By Mandour & Associates, APC on February 4, 2014

candy-reeses California – King. com Limited, the company behind 2013′s most downloaded mobile app, has made a move to obtain trademark protection over the word “Candy.” Read the rest »

New Apple Patent Reveals Cool Additions to Device Track Pad

By Mandour & Associates, APC on January 30, 2014

Patent Infringement Claims Los Angeles – A recently filed patent provides a snapshot of what might be on the horizon for Apple’s next generation of devices.  The new technology, which is referenced in a patent that was granted last week, surrounds the sensors features in the touch pads of Apple products.  The patent is exciting news for the multitude of Apple fans eagerly awaiting the next line of MacBook devices, which have been the subject of less patent filings when compared to Apple’s other devices like the iPad and iPhone.

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Posted in: Patent Registration

Things Get Sticky for French Chef, who Finally Lands “Cronut” Trademark Registration

By Mandour & Associates, APC on January 29, 2014

Trademark DisputeLos Angeles – After months of fighting off other bakers, French pastry chef Dominque Ansel has finally prevailed in registering his fancy baked treat as a trademark.   The “Cronut” officially registered as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on January 14 in connection with Class 30 for an array of baked goods and other sweets.  The registration emerges long after Ansel originally applied for it in the spring of 2013 and his road to getting the registration has been fraught with turmoil.  Now, Ansel has released a statement backing up his decision to register the Cronut name. Read the rest »

Google Squares Off Against Intellectual Ventures in Patent Fight

By Mandour & Associates, APC on January 27, 2014

Patent DisputeOrange County – A patent dispute that began back in 2011 between Google-owned Motorola and Intellectual Ventures is finally heading to court. The lawsuit was filed by Washington-based Intellectual Ventures against Motorola over three smartphone patents, including one that involves the type of technology used in Google Play. The case is making waves in the technology industry by stirring up debate over the legitimacy of companies that achieve success by buying patents and then suing for patent infringement. While Intellectual Ventures contends that Motorola has infringed its patents, Google counters that Intellectual Ventures does not actually make anything and that it is not in the business of creating innovation, but of making profits.

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IBM Tops Annual List of Patent Assignees in 2013

By Mandour & Associates, APC on January 21, 2014

Patent Attorney Los AngelesOrange County – A new report listing the nation’s top patent recipients of 2013 shows fascinating results.  The listing, which is compiled annually by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, ranked IBM as the top patent assignee of the year, with a whopping total of 6,809.  IBM’s impressive numbers set the record for most patents awarded in a year to a single company ever by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Read the rest »

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Kate Spade Scores Big Win in “Saturday” Trademark Dispute

By Mandour & Associates, APC on January 21, 2014

Trademark InfringementOrange County – A federal judge’s ruling kicked 2014 off to a good start for Kate Spade.  The holding cleared the high end retailer’s new brand “Saturday” from allegations of trademark infringement brought by a men’s apparel company called Saturdays Surf NYC.  The dispute began when Kate Spade filed a request for declaratory judgment that its Saturday brand did not infringe Saturdays Surf NYC.  In response to the filing, Saturdays Surf LLC, filed a counterclaim citing trademark infringement on the part of Kate Spade’s Saturday. Read the rest »

Blackberry Goes After Ryan Seacrest’s iPhone Keyboard for Patent Infringement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on January 17, 2014

iphone-apps San Diego – Blackberry Ltd. has filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco against Typo Products LLC, alleging patent infringement of its smartphone designs.   Blackberry’s lead counsel announced the filing and said that Typo’s product “is a blatant infringement against BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard, and we will vigorously protect our intellectual property against any company that attempts to copy our unique design.”  He did not expand on whether or not his company had attempted to come to an agreement with the Los Angeles-based startup before filing its complaint.

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Posted in: Patent Infringement

Ford and Tesla Clash Over “Model E” Trademark

By Mandour & Associates, APC on January 10, 2014

Infringement Orange County – Two of the world’s most well known car manufacturers are going head to head over the trademark right to the name “Model E.” Records on file with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) show that on August 5, 2013, Tesla Motors, Inc. filed a trademark application for “Model E,” in several classes of goods, including that for ” Automobiles and structural parts therefor.” This was enough to sufficiently stir up Ford’s attorneys and Ford, in turn, filed its own application for the same name on December 3, 2013. Read the rest »

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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