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Pintrips Gets Pinned with Trademark Lawsuit by Pinterest

By Joseph Mandour 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 »

Competitors Gang Up on Dish Network Over “Dish Anywhere” Trademark

By Joseph Mandour on October 4, 2013

Satellite TrademarkLos Angeles – Several rivals of Dish Network rallied together last week to oppose a newly filed Trademark Application for “Dish Anywhere.” Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox, and Charter Communications all filed oppositions against fellow Pay-TV operator Dish Network, claiming that they would be harmed if Dish Network was granted the exclusive right to use the term. Read the rest »

Cointreau Gets Rival Orange Liqueur Banned In Trademark Fight

By Joseph Mandour on October 2, 2013

whiskey-in-glasses-thumb-200x150-31413 California – A Texas federal judge handed down a preliminary injunction on Tuesday barring two liquor companies from importing and selling an orange liqueur that dilutes Cointreau Corp.’s trademark for its own brand. Read the rest »

Cadbury Loses “Berry Forest” Trademark Battle

By Joseph Mandour on September 26, 2013

Trademark Infringement LawsuitOrange County – Two big name chocolate producers faced off last week as the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office found that Cadbury cannot stop rival Whittaker’s from using the Trademark “Berry Forest.”  Cadbury, which is famous for its chocolate bunnies and Cadbury Creme eggs, filed an opposition to keep Whittaker’ s from using the Berry Forest name, claiming that it is too similar to its own “Black Forest” chocolate bar. Read the rest »

Hallmark Smacked with Trademark Lawsuit Just in Time for Holiday Season

By Joseph Mandour on September 19, 2013

Trademark InfringementLos Angeles – With companies beginning to gear up for the all important holiday season, it looks like one of the nation’s biggest holiday-themed retailers will have to put on its boxing gloves. Hallmark Cards, Inc., which is based in Kansas, was hit with a lawsuit last week for its upcoming line of holiday products called “North Pole City.”  A company of the same name from Oklahoma City is claiming trademark infringement against the greeting card kingpin. Read the rest »

Path throws a Punch at Pinterest over “P” Trademark

By Joseph Mandour on September 16, 2013

California Trademark LawOrange County – The fight is on for the letter P!  Back in 2012, Pinterest, Inc. filed a U.S. Trademark Application for its “P” logo , which is featured as the design on its app icon.  Everything seemed to be going fine for Pinterest as the Trademark Application was approved by the USPTO and the Application published for Opposition this past July.  Then in August, the owners of Path, Inc.,  a competing social networking company, filed a request for an extension of time to file an opposition with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Read the rest »

TTAB Squashes Hope for Subway’s “Footlong” Trademark

By Joseph Mandour on September 12, 2013

sandwich-footlong-thumb-200x133-50822 San Diego – In a victory for the underdog, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) this week sided with Sheetz of Delaware, Inc., the small convenience store chain that took on the nation’s biggest fast food seller for its use of the word “footlong.” Earlier in the year, Sheetz filed an opposition against Subway’s federal trademark application for “footlong,” arguing that the term is generic and has no secondary meaning. Read the rest »

TTAB Rules that Washington D.C. Can’t Claim “Mumbo Sauce” Trademark

By Joseph Mandour on September 11, 2013

California Trademark LawLos Angeles – As Washington D.C. foodies are well aware, “Mumbo sauce,” is a deliciously versatile condiment that has been slathered on everything from french fries to chicken wings to Chinese food for years in the City.   However, after a recent ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), D.C. based sauce enthusiasts were dealt a major blow as a Chicago company was found to have legal ownership of the trademark. Read the rest »

Jay Z’s Clothing Line Sued for Allegedly Knocking Off “Hood Love” Trademark

By Joseph Mandour on September 4, 2013

California Trademark LawOrange County – Rap artist turned business mogul Shawn Carter, known widely as Jay Z, has had a lawsuit thrown at his popular clothing company, ROC Apparel Group,  for alleged trademark infringement.  The company that filed suit, HoodLove LLC, alleges that a T-shirt featured in the Rocawear clothing line improperly displays its own “Hood Love” trademark. Read the rest »

Trader Joes Sues its Own Self Proclaimed “Best Customer” for Trademark Infringement

By Joseph Mandour on August 28, 2013

California Trademark LawLos Angeles – After years of calling himself Trader Joe’s “best customer,” allegedly spending nearly $350,000 per year at the cult favorite food store, Michael Hallat has been sued by the very same retailer he so vigorously supports.  Among other claims, Trader Joes is alleging trademark infringement against Hallat, arguing that his much smaller company, fittingly named Pirate Joe’s, harms the Trader Joe’s brand. Read the rest »