California Intellectual Property Blog

Cardinals’ Rally Squirrel Stirs up Trademark Fight

By Mandour & Associates, APC on October 30, 2013

squirrel-thumb-200x142-75762 Orange County – The St. Louis Cardinals are in the midst of a dispute over the trademark of its popular “Rally Squirrel.” The team is trying to knock out a federal trademark application filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) by a St. Louis area business owner named Phil Rideout. Rideout claims that he filed the application with the intent of building a sports brand around the name, but the Cardinals have opposed the filing, claiming that the name has become a fundamental part of the ball club’s identity. Read the rest »

Newly Filed Patent Provides Glimpse at Samsung’s Response to Google Glass

By Mandour & Associates, APC on October 29, 2013

Intellectual Property InfringementSan Diego – A new patent filed in Korea reveals what seems to be Samsung’s plan to rival the soon-to-be released Google Glass.  The patent, which was filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Office by Samsung Electronics Co.  shows glasses which communicate with a smartphone.  It was filed on March 8, 2013 and describes the device as, “sports glasses,” which will have the capability to let users listen to music and take phone calls through built in earphones.  Similar to Google’s product, Samsung’s will also allow for browsing of the internet on a small display screen on the eyeglasses’ lens.

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Posted in: Patent Registration

Band name “The Slants” Gets Rejected by USPTO as Too Offensive

By Mandour & Associates, APC on October 28, 2013

concert-2-150x150 Los Angeles –  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently rejected a Trademark Application for the band name “The Slants.”   The Application was filed in 2011 in Class 041 for “Entertainment in the nature of live performances by a musical band” by a Portland area band.  After receiving two initial refusals, the named Applicant, Simon Tam, filed a Request for Reconsideration after Final Office Action.  That Request for Reconsideration was denied earlier this year, with the Examining Attorney providing a brief to back up his reasons for finding the Trademark unregistrable.

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Apple Dealt a Win with USPTO Approval of “Steve Jobs Patent”

By Mandour & Associates, APC on October 22, 2013

Los Angeles – Apple scored a huge break this week as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) changed its mind and confirmed the patentability of a sought-after patent now dubbed the “Steve Jobs Patent.”  The ruling came almost a year after the PTO initially rejected all twenty of the cited claims.   After months of reconsidering, however, it finally stated this week that, “No amendments have been made to the patent.  As a result of the re-examination, it has been determined that the patentability of claims 1-20 is confirmed.”

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Posted in: Patent Registration

NFL Star Revis Finally Gets Trademark for “Revis Island”

By Mandour & Associates, APC on October 21, 2013

Trademark InfringementCalifornia – Tampa Bay Buccaneer cornerback Darrelle Revis was granted trademark protection over the phrase “Revis Island” last month, according to documents filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Read the rest »

Starbucks’ New Trademark Filing Reveals Plans for Fizzy Drinks

By Mandour & Associates, APC on October 16, 2013

soda-thumb-200x150-74927 San Diego – A recently filed Trademark Application by Starbucks Corporation may evidence the coffee giant’s intent to branch out into the market of carbonated beverages. The Application, which was filed on September 30, 2013, is for the name “STARBUCKS FIZZIO.” It covers five classes, including milk based drinks, sparkling beverages and “machines for the production of beverages.” Read the rest »

Nestle Gets Nespresso Patent Revoked

By Mandour & Associates, APC on October 15, 2013

coffee_beans-150x150 Los Angeles – Nestle has encountered a huge setback as the European Patent Office (EPO) this week threw out a patent that has to do with its popular Nespresso single serve coffee system.   The regulatory body, which covers 28 European countries, did not set forth its exact reasons for invalidating the patent, but noted that such an explanation will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.   This blow comes at a crucial time for Nestle as it has been publicly attempting to stop several rivals, such as Ethical Coffee Company SA and Mondelez International Inc., from producing coffee pods that fit in the Nespresso machines.

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Posted in: Patent Registration

New Google Patent Filing Claims Heart Hand Gesture for Snapping Pictures

By Mandour & Associates, APC on October 13, 2013

Glass-google California – Google, Inc. was granted a patent on October 15th which will let users of its upcoming Google Glass take pictures simply by making hand gestures. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Bentley Wins Trademark Victory Over Car Kit Makers

By Mandour & Associates, APC on October 11, 2013

Trademark InfringementLos Angeles – By winning a Trademark Infringement lawsuit earlier this week, Bentley Motors effectively shut down producers of car kits designed to make other cars looks like its own luxury models.  U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington granted a preliminary injunction against defendants Fugazzi Cars Inc. and Keeping It Real Auto Customizing Inc., which both make “Bentley car kits.”  The popular car kits consist of add ons that one can affix to their own cars to make them look like Bentley vehicles. Read the rest »

Pintrips Gets Pinned with Trademark Lawsuit by Pinterest

By Mandour & Associates, APC on October 10, 2013

Trademark InfringmentOrange County – Last week Pinterest filed a lawsuit against travel website Pintrips, citing trademark infringement and dilution among other claims.  Pinterest, which is known for fiercely protecting its brand and image, stated that the lawsuit came as a results of “Pintrips’ decision to adopt a social media brand that is confusingly similar to Pinterest’s, and its refusal to recognize, discuss or remediate the confusion it causes among consumers.”  Specifically, in its complaint Pinterest argued that the Pintrips name is too  similar to its own in appearance, sound, and commercial impression and that users often use Pinterest to pin travel-related ideas, which also adds to the confusion among consumers. Read the rest »