California Intellectual Property Blog

Trademark Fight Ensues over Duck Dynasty Branded Wines

By Mandour & Associates, APC on January 8, 2014

duck-150x150 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.

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Nestle Seeks Patent Over Fennel Flower Plant, Stirs Up Controversy

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 18, 2013

fennel-150x150 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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Panthers Coach Ron Rivera Makes Move to Trademark “Riverboat Ron”

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 17, 2013

Trademark RegistrationLos 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 »

Apple Scores Patent for Curved Screen

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 14, 2013

Patent LawsOrange 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.

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Patent Filing Reveals High Performance Hybrids Next Up for Ferrari

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 6, 2013

LA Patent AttorneysOrange 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 »

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Iconic Burberry Plaid Trademark Under Fire in China

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 6, 2013

Intellectual Property DisputeOrange 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 »

New Patent Filings Shed Light on Apple’s Plans for Liquidmetal in iPhones

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 3, 2013

Los Angeles Patents 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.

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West Coast to Get its Own Federal Patent and Trademark Office Branch

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 26, 2013

USPTO-Image-164x164Los 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 »

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Starbucks Loses “Charbucks” Trademark Dispute to Underdog Coffee Seller

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 22, 2013

coffee_beans-200x133 Los Angeles – A federal appellate court ruling handed down last week shut down Starbuck’s efforts to try to stop Wolfe’s Borough Coffee Inc.,  a small New Hampshire coffee seller,  from producing “Charbucks” drinks.  Filed in New York District Court, Starbucks’ original complaint detailed how Wolfe’s coffee brand and its subsidiary,  Black Bear Micro Roastery, had infringed upon its famous trademark and diluted its brand.  Writing for the three judge panel, Circuit Judge Raymond Lohier held that Starbucks did not meet its burden in proving that there was a “blurring” of its brand in the minds of consumers.

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New Apple Patent Has Siri Sounding Like ChaCha

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 15, 2013

Los Angeles Patents Los Angeles – In a recently filed patent, Apple Inc. set out its plans to make Siri more realistic by adding a crowd sourcing feature.   The recently filed patent sounds similar to the already existing search engine, ChaCha, which allows users to search for answers provided by real life people.   The technology is being thought of by many as Apple’s attempt to fix the most cited complaint about Siri in that she often fails to provide answers to real life everyday questions, beyond purely factual information contained in search results. Read the rest »

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