California Intellectual Property Blog

Spotify and Ministry of Sound Set to Clash Over Copyrights for Dance Music Compilations

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 6, 2013

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Los Angeles – London-based Ministry of Sound Group Ltd. has commenced a lawsuit against streaming music service Spotify, alleging copyright infringement of its successful dance music albums.   The complaint alleges that without authorization Spotify has been allowing its users to stream playlists that replicate its own compilations of popular dance tracks.   Ministry of Sound, which owns a famous dance club and routinely rolls out themed compilations, is not arguing that Spotify should not be allowed to let users access the songs themselves.   Rather, MoS, as it is often termed by club-goers, hinges its sole infringement allegation on Spotify allowing users to replicate the “playlists”, or order of songs, featured on its dance compilation albums. Read the rest »

Jay Z’s Clothing Line Sued for Allegedly Knocking Off “Hood Love” Trademark

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 4, 2013

California Trademark LawOrange County – Rap artist turned business mogul Shawn Carter, known widely as Jay Z, has had a lawsuit thrown at his popular clothing company, ROC Apparel Group,  for alleged trademark infringement.  The company that filed suit, HoodLove LLC, alleges that a T-shirt featured in the Rocawear clothing line improperly displays its own “Hood Love” trademark. Read the rest »

New Patent Protects 3D User Control for Apple Devices

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 30, 2013

California Patent LawOrange County – The USPTO has published a patent for Apple, Inc.’s innovative means for user control of Apple products, such as the iPad and iPhone.  The new technology, which was assigned U.S. Patent No. 8,514,221, and is titled “Working with 3D objects,” allows users to control their devices by making movements with their hands in the three-dimensional planes above their Apple products. Read the rest »

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Trader Joes Sues its Own Self Proclaimed “Best Customer” for Trademark Infringement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 28, 2013

California Trademark LawLos Angeles – After years of calling himself Trader Joe’s “best customer,” allegedly spending nearly $350,000 per year at the cult favorite food store, Michael Hallat has been sued by the very same retailer he so vigorously supports.  Among other claims, Trader Joes is alleging trademark infringement against Hallat, arguing that his much smaller company, fittingly named Pirate Joe’s, harms the Trader Joe’s brand. Read the rest »

Google Glass Opens Doors to New Advertising Possibilities

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 28, 2013

Patent Infringement Attorneys Los Angeles – Google, Inc. has granted a glimpse into its plans for advertising in technology with its newly registered patent for a “Gaze Tracking System” on its innovative future product, Google Glass.

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Trademark Application for “Samsung Galaxy Gear” Reveals Future of Tech

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 22, 2013

California Trademark LawOrange County – South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. has given the world a glimpse of its plans for future high-tech products with its new trademark application for “Samsung Galaxy Gear.” Read the rest »

Robin Thicke Facing Claims of Blurring Lines of Copyright Infringement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 21, 2013

music-concertLos Angeles – Crooner Robin Thicke filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Los Angeles on Thursday, asking a judge to find that his hit single “Blurred Lines” does not infringe the copyrights held for Marvin Gaye and George Clinton’s most iconic music. Read the rest »

Google Generates Buzz over its Eye Tracking Patent for Google Glass

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 16, 2013

California Intellectual Property LawOrange County – As part of its push to revolutionize the way consumers interact with technology, Google recently obtained a method patent for technology that tracks eye movements. Read the rest »

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Trademark Barriers for Tesla in China

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 14, 2013

Chinese FlagLos Angeles – Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, Inc. hit a roadblock in its attempt to trademark its name in China, when it discovered that the trademark for “Tesla” has already been registered. Read the rest »

Circuit Court Upholds Ruling on Cheese Vat Patent Infringement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 12, 2013

Cheese-150x150 Los Angeles - A federal circuit court on Tuesday upheld the verdict in a case between two cheese manufacturers over patent infringement of cheese vat technology, deciding in favor of Tetra Pak Cheese and Powder Systems, Inc.

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