California Intellectual Property Blog

Facebook Scores Victory and Blocks FaceMail Trademark

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 30, 2013

California Trademark LawLos Angeles – The Trademark Trial and Appeal board on Tuesday sided with Facebook in ruling that consumers would be confused by use of the FaceMail trademark by Think Computer Corp. Read the rest »

Major Victory for Tech Firms Against “Plug-In” Patent Infringement Claims

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 26, 2013

Patent Dispute Los Angeles – An appeals court on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling for Google, Inc., Yahoo, Inc., and Amazon.com, Inc. against patent infringement claims brought by Eolas Technologies, Inc.

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Will.i.am and Pharrell Argue Green Eggs and Ham in Trademark Lawsuit over I AM

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 23, 2013

California Trademark LawOrange County – Hip-hop artists Will.i.am and Pharrell Williams are embattled in a court fight over claims to the trademark “I am.” Read the rest »

Activision Takes on Mazda over Patent Infringement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 17, 2013

watchLos Angeles – Car manufacturer Mazda Motor of America, Inc. was hit with a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Delaware on July 9, when Activision TV, Inc. filed a complaint alleging patent infringement.

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Home Valuation Services Face Off Over Fight for Patent

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 24, 2013

Los Angeles PatentsOrange County – Rival home appraisal companies Zillow Inc. and Trulia Inc. have continued their bitter feud in federal court in Washington’s Western District.  Most recently, Trulia petitioned on June 17th to have the court invalidate Zillow’s patent for its home valuation program while Zillow continues to claim patent infringement against Trulia. Read the rest »

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Filmmaker Files Lawsuit to Cancel Copyright for “Happy Birthday” Song

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 21, 2013

happy-birthday Los Angeles – The copyright for the song, “Happy Birthday to You” came under fire in federal court last week when filmmaker Jennifer Nelson filed a lawsuit to cancel the copyright.  The lawsuit, brought in New York federal court in Manhattan, seeks to place the infamous birthday song in the public domain and force the copyright holder to return the licensing fees paid for use in the past four years. Read the rest »

Natural Genes Not Patentable, Says Supreme Court

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 20, 2013

Patent Litigation California Los Angeles –  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in a landmark case Thursday that natural human genes cannot be patented.  The case, Association for Medical Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, was originally brought in federal court in the Southern District of New York in 2010, but made its way through appeals to the nation’s top court.

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Groupon, Yelp Sued for Patent Infringement in Electronic Couponing Wars

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 4, 2013

LA Patent InfringmentOrange County - The decision as to who the front runner is in the area of coupons delivered via electronic means may be decided in a U.S. District Court in eastern Texas.  With the registration of its newest patent, Blue Calypso Inc. believes it has the upper hand in the area of web-based couponing.  That’s why it recently filed another round of patent complaints naming Yelp, Groupon, Foursquare, MyLikes Inc. and Izea Inc. Read the rest »

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Loss for Keurig in Coffee Pod Patent Lawsuit

By Mandour & Associates, APC on June 4, 2013

coffee_beans-150x150 Los Angeles – Keurig, Inc., a Massachusetts corporation well known for its single-serve coffee makers and cartridges, was dealt a blow in Massachusetts federal court Friday when its patent infringement lawsuit against Rogers Family Company was dismissed.  The dispute was over patents held by Keurig for its single-serve coffee cartridges, which the company claimed Rogers copied. Read the rest »

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U.S. Postal Service and IBM Fend Off Patent Lawsuit

By Mandour & Associates, APC on May 13, 2013

Los Angeles Patent InfringementOrange County – Last Wednesday a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld an earlier decision by the Court of Federal Claims, holding that the United States Postal Service and IBM did not infringe a shipping patent held by Uship Intellectual Properties LLC. Read the rest »

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