California Intellectual Property Blog

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 »

Posted in: Patent Registration

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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Beardo Sues over Bearded Hats Patent Dispute

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 19, 2013

shaver-thumb-200x149-76802California – In a complaint filed last Wednesday, Beardo, Inc. brought a lawsuit under the name of its parent company, Stat Ltd., claiming that three other companies have infringed on its popular hat design. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

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 »

Posted in: Patent Registration

BOTOX Exes Out BOTULEX in Trademark Opposition

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 13, 2013

medical_instruments-thumb-200x133-76487California – BOTOX has secured its spot as the reigning champion of wrinkle prevention as it successfully prevented registration of BOTULEX in the United States. Read the rest »

“Famous Jameis” Trademark Gets Swooped Up by Alabama Fan

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 12, 2013

Trademark Infringement San Diego – A doctor from Birmingham, Alabama has filed a U.S. Trademark Application for “Famous Jameis”, the same nickname that has been recently popularized as referring to Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston. Read the rest »

Cannabis Biotech Announces Patent Filing for Medical Marijuana Dispensing Device

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 9, 2013

Patent FilingOrange County – A subsidiary company of Puget Technologies this week announced its filing of a patent for a new type of marijuana dispensing device.  In its filing, Cannabis Biotech set forth claims over its proprietary metered-dose dispenser, which will allow for more control in the administration of medical marijuana dosages.  This is another in a line of products for which the Florida-based company is seeking patent protection in order to deliver more accurate dosages for individualized patient needs.

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Posted in: Patent Registration

Zynga Wins Scrabble/Scramble Trademark War With Mattel

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 8, 2013

Trademark BattleLos Angeles  - One of the best known providers of social gaming applications has won a trademark dispute against the world’s biggest toy and game manufacturer. The English High court ruled earlier this week that Zynga’s “Scramble With Friends” word game does not infringe on Mattel’s classic Scrabble board game. Mattel had originally filed a lawsuit against Zynga, claiming that its use of the word “Scramble” was likely to cause confusion among consumers with its own “Scrabble.” Read the rest »

Apple Looks to Add Solar Power Patented Technology to its Devices

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 6, 2013

California Intellectual PropertyOrange County – On Halloween, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) published Apple’s newest patent for a solar panel implementation to help with power management in its iPads, iPhones and Macbooks.  The application, entitled “Power Management Systems for Accepting Adapter and Solar Power in Electronic Devices,” was filed in August of last year with three Apple employees listed as inventors. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Hells Angels Sue Young Jeezy for Knocking Off Prized “Death Head” Trademark

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 5, 2013

Trademark InfringementOrange County – Notorious motorcycle club the Hells Angels filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in California federal court last week, accusing Rapper Young Jeezy and department store Dillard’s of using its logo without permission.  Specifically, the Hells Angels have taken issue with the logo featured in Jeezy’s clothing line, 8732 Apparel.  Since Dillard’s carries the line and has sold some of the contested merchandise, it was also named as a party to the lawsuit. Read the rest »