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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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.
Los Angeles – The family that rose to fame for maintaining their rough country, traditional lifestyle despite becoming millionaires are now fending off a lawsuit over a recently launched line of wines. The Robertsons, who star in the hugely popular reality TV show Duck Dynasty, have added appropriately titled “Duck Commander” wines to their wide array of merchandise, which includes apparel, books, toys and even guns. The wines come in three varietals – a chardonnay, a red blend and a moscato – and are currently sold across the country at Walmart.
Los Angeles – Nestle has come under fire for its recent patent application seeking protection over an extraction of the fennel flower seed, which comes from a plant that has been used by humans since as early as the 10th century. At the forefront of the groups that are criticizing the Swiss-based food leader is Sum of Us, an organization that identifies itself as “fighting for people over profits.” The group claims that Nestle is attempting to profit from the fennel flower itself, which has been used as a homeopathic remedy for thousands of years.
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Los Angeles – Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has officially jumped on the sports-nickname trademark bandwagon. Adding to a long line of athletes and coaches who have sought protection over their monikers – from Kobe Bryant and Jeremy Lin to Jameis Winston and Tim Tebow – Rivera’s “Riverboat Ron” has been added to the list. Read the rest »
Orange County – Last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted Apple, Inc. its first patent dealing with the technology to create curved displays for its products. Since the famously tight-lipped company is known for not giving away its upcoming technological implementations, the filings are an important look into what might be on the horizon for Apple. The development is not too much of a surprise, however, given that both Samsung and LG have both recently entered the market of curved display devices.
Orange County – A new patent filed with the European Patent Register gives a glimpse at what is on the horizon for Ferrari. In several filings dating back to as early as January of last year, the Italian sports car manufacturer details its plans for a hybrid vehicle with a front engine. The title of the first filing, “Storage system for the storage of electric energy for a vehicle with electric propulsion” is the most telling and makes it clear that Ferrari is at the very least, seriously considering adding a new hybrid car to its lineup. Read the rest »
Orange County – Famed high-end brand Burberry scrambled last week to appeal a decision made by China’s Intellectual Property Office to cancel protection of its iconic tartan plaid design. The UK-based fashion house immediately challenged the loss of protection, which was handed down in one of its biggest Asian markets. China alleged that Burberry had failed to make specific use of the Trademark for the three year statutory period and concluded that the protection of the design had expired. Read the rest »
San Diego – A series of five patents filed on November 21st reveal Apple’s potential plans to include liquidmetal in its products. Though the five patents leave it somewhat difficult to ascertain exactly what type of product would come out of the claims, two of the filings clearly have to do with 3-D printing methods for electronic devices. The applications do not come as a shock to Apple enthusiasts, who were gripped by a 2012 rumor that the new iPhone might utilize liquidmetal technology. While that rumor did not manifest in the iPhone 5s, it is now a fact that Apple is at least heavily considering implementing the material in future products.
Los Angeles – After years of red tape and uncertainty, officials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia, finally announced that a West Coast-based office will soon open in California. The new office will be based in San Jose, inside the recently constructed City Hall in the middle of the tech-driven city of almost one million people. According the statement, the office is set to open in late 2014. Read the rest »