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Microsoft Backs Down from British Broadcaster in Fight for SkyDrive Trademark

By Joseph Mandour on February 7, 2014

Microsoft Los Angeles – In a likely effort to shift attention away from the fact that it has thrown in the towel on a major trademark dispute, Microsoft is rolling out a new campaign surrounding the rebranding of its SkyDrive cloud storage system.  The service will now be called OneDrive and comes at the end of a drawn out struggle over the SkyDrive name.

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Kate Spade Scores Big Win in “Saturday” Trademark Dispute

By Joseph Mandour on January 21, 2014

Trademark InfringementOrange County – A federal judge’s ruling kicked 2014 off to a good start for Kate Spade.  The holding cleared the high end retailer’s new brand “Saturday” from allegations of trademark infringement brought by a men’s apparel company called Saturdays Surf NYC.  The dispute began when Kate Spade filed a request for declaratory judgment that its Saturday brand did not infringe Saturdays Surf NYC.  In response to the filing, Saturdays Surf LLC, filed a counterclaim citing trademark infringement on the part of Kate Spade’s Saturday. Read the rest »

Trademark Fight Ensues over Duck Dynasty Branded Wines

By Joseph Mandour on January 8, 2014

duck-150x150 Los Angeles – The family that rose to fame for maintaining their rough country, traditional lifestyle despite becoming millionaires are now fending off a lawsuit over a recently launched line of wines.  The Robertsons, who star in the hugely popular reality TV show Duck Dynasty, have added appropriately titled “Duck Commander” wines to their wide array of merchandise, which includes apparel, books, toys and even guns.  The wines come in three varietals – a chardonnay, a red blend and a moscato – and are currently sold across the country at Walmart.

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ShareTV Wins Transfer of Domain Name in Trademark Lawsuit

By Joseph Mandour on December 19, 2013

tv_remote_control-150x150 California – San-Diego based ShareTV has landed a huge victory with a federal court judge awarding the company the rights to use the domain name. Read the rest »

“Hanginout” Alleges Google’s Use of “Hangouts” is a Trademark Infringement

By Joseph Mandour on December 11, 2013

Lawyer San Diego – A lawsuit filed in late November by San Diego based Hanginout, Inc. claims that Google, Inc. has infringed its trademark for its video-focused social media app. The smaller company located in Carlsbad claims that it was using “Hanginout” before Google began use of “Hangouts.” The complaint demands that Google immediately stop use of “Hangouts” and that the court award lost profits and impose punitive damages. Read the rest »

Iconic Burberry Plaid Trademark Under Fire in China

By Joseph Mandour on December 6, 2013

Intellectual Property DisputeOrange County – Famed high-end brand Burberry scrambled last week to appeal a decision made by China’s Intellectual Property Office to cancel protection of its iconic tartan plaid design.  The UK-based fashion house immediately challenged the loss of protection, which was handed down in one of its biggest Asian markets.  China alleged that Burberry had failed to make specific use of the Trademark for the three year statutory period and concluded that the protection of the design had expired. Read the rest »

Starbucks Loses “Charbucks” Trademark Dispute to Underdog Coffee Seller

By Joseph Mandour 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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Zynga Wins Scrabble/Scramble Trademark War With Mattel

By Joseph Mandour 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 »

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

By Joseph Mandour 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 »

Bentley Wins Trademark Victory Over Car Kit Makers

By Joseph Mandour 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 »