California Intellectual Property Blog

TTAB Rules that Washington D.C. Can’t Claim “Mumbo Sauce” Trademark

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 11, 2013

California Trademark LawLos Angeles – As Washington D.C. foodies are well aware, “Mumbo sauce,” is a deliciously versatile condiment that has been slathered on everything from french fries to chicken wings to Chinese food for years in the City.   However, after a recent ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), D.C. based sauce enthusiasts were dealt a major blow as a Chicago company was found to have legal ownership of the trademark. Read the rest »

Apple Wins Patent Protection for “Kids’ Mode” on iPad and iPhone

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 10, 2013

Los Angeles – After  years of parents calling for Apple to come up with a kid-friendly user profile for its best selling devices such as the iPad and iPhone, it appears that the tech giant has finally given in.   Obtaining patent protection last week for what it describes as, “Method, apparatus and system for access mode control of a device”, Apple seems to be exploring ways for users to limit device access to kids.

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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 »

Posted in: Patent Registration

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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