California Intellectual Property Blog

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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Sound Trademark for Click of Eyeglasses Granted on Appeal

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 8, 2013

California Intellectual Property LawDespite an initial rejection by the USPTO, last Thursday the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decided to grant eyeglass manufacturer Sutro Product Development, Inc. a sound trademark for the three clicks its glasses make while opening. Read the rest »

Setback for Apple’s “Pinch to Zoom” Patent Claims against Samsung

By Mandour & Associates, APC on August 6, 2013

Los Angeles Intellectual PropertyOrange County – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office dealt a blow to Apple, Inc. in a patent reexamination this week, essentially ruling its “pinch to zoom” technology patent invalid. This patent served as a foundation for the ruling in the hotly contested case from 2012, Apple v. Samsung. In a jury trial last year, Apple was awarded $1.05 billion in damages based on Samsung’s infringement of Apple’s patent. Apple successfully argued that Samsung had infringed on some of the technology invented by Apple for the iPhone in its own smartphones, including the Galaxy series. Read the rest »

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Judge Dismisses Patent Infringement Claims between Rival Diaper Companies Based on Laches

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 31, 2013

California PatentOrange County – The case between two rival diaper companies over patent infringement claims was dismissed by a Kentucky judge on Monday, who ruled that Swedish-based SCA Hygiene Products AB took too long to file claims against First Quality Baby Products LLC. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

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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Posted in: Patent Infringement

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 »

Costco under Fire for use of Michael Kors Trademark in Advertisement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on July 19, 2013

purse-1-150x150 Los Angeles – Designer fashion label Michael Kors LLC filed a lawsuit against Costco Wholesale Corp. for false advertising after the wholesaler included pictures of Michael Kors handbags in advertisements emailed to customers in April.

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