California Intellectual Property Blog

Apple and Samsung are Back at it in Patent Battle

By Mandour & Associates, APC on February 17, 2014

Intellectual Property Infringement San Diego – The nation’s two top mobile device makers will head back to court next month to duke it out yet again.  This trial, the third between the big name rivals, will start March 31st and will cover five patents and a total of twenty devices that the companies respectively claim are infringing.   The setting is familiar for both companies, as it will take place in the same courthouse and will be heard by the same judge as the last two trials.

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Posted in: Patent Infringement

Big Money at Stake Over “12th Man” Trademark in Football

By Mandour & Associates, APC on February 13, 2014

Trademark Infringement Orange County – Lately, it has been hard to miss the reigning Superbowl Champion Seattle Seahawks’ “12th Man” signs, banners and cheers across TV, the internet, and social media. Popular as it may be, the term famously associated with the Seahawks was originally coined by the student body of Texas A&M University, with the school going so far as to federally register the “12th Man” trademark in 1990. Now, with the Seahawk’s recent success and accompanying use of the phrase, licensing negotiations between the athletic organizations are heating up. Read the rest »

Cell Phone Controlled Drone Maker Sues Rival for Patent Infringement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on February 11, 2014

drone-150x150 Los Angeles – Drone Technologies, Inc., a Taiwanese company that specializes in the manufacture of remote controlled drone devices is taking Parrot Inc. to court for allegedly infringing on some of its patents.  After squabbling back and forth about the alleged infringement since 2012, Drone Technologies has decided to file a formal complaint in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.

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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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Patent Filings Point to “Hot Corners” as Part of New Samsung Smartphone Interface

By Mandour & Associates, APC on February 6, 2014

Intellectual Property Infringement California – A series of recently unveiled patents give a glimpse into what we might see as part of the next line of Samsung smartphones.
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Posted in: Patent Registration

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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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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