DAN AKROYD AND CRYSTAL HEAD VODKA WIN TRADE DRESS INFRINGEMENT CASE
Los Angeles – A Los Angeles California federal jury found in favor of Dan Akroyd’s Skull Vodka Co, Crystal Head, on Wednesday morning. The decision finds rival distilled spirits company, Elements, guilty of trade dress infringement. Both companies sell alcohol in skull shaped bottles.
Globefill, which owns Crystal Head, claimed that its bottle came first, and that the Element’s bottle is a “cheap knockoff.” Wednesday’s decision comes at the end of many ye Read the rest
MEOWINGTON TRADEMARK FIGHT ESCALATES
Los Angeles – A Florida based entrepreneur is now suing professional entertainer Joel Zimmerman, better known by his stage name Deadmou5, in federal court over a cat name. The dispute began when Zimmerman filed a Petition to Cancel against Emma Bassiri’s Meowington trademark in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Ms. Bassiri owns the “Meowington” trademark registration, and Zimmerman owns a famous cat that goes by the name “Prof. Meowingtons.” Bassiri applied to register trademark “Meowingtons” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in July of 2014. Her application was approved without opposition from Zimmerman, or anyone else. The Read the rest
KOBE BRYANT FILES OPPOSITION OVER “BLACK MAMBA” TRADEMARK
Los Angeles – Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s nickname, the “Black Mamba”, has landed him in a legal battle to defend the right to use the nickname. Bryant and a California based online retail company named 47 / 72 Inc. have filed trademark applications for variations of “Black Mamba.”
Bryant was drafted directly from high school in 1996 and played in the NBA for 20 years before retiring after last season. Nike declared April 13, 2016, which was the date of Kobe Bryant’s last game, “Mamba Day” because over the course of his career he had been given the nickname the “Black Mamba.”
On May 2, 2016, less than a month after his last Read the rest
TESLA AND ADIDAS TANGLE OVER 3 STRIPE DESIGN
Los Angeles – Tesla’s design for its Model 3 vehicle logo received a rebrand around the same time Adidas filed a notice of opposition of one of its pending trademark applications, causing some to speculate Tesla’s changes were made in hopes of avoiding a trademark battle between the two companies.
Tesla filed a trademark application on August 9, 2016, for a horizontal stripes design. The three Read the rest
FORMER NFL PLAYER SUES UNDER ARMOUR FOR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT
San Diego – Former National Football League and University of Maryland star Shawne Merriman, along with his company Lights Out Holdings, filed a lawsuit against sportswear company Under Armour over the trademarked phrase “Lights Out.”
“Lights Out” is a phrase Lights Out Holdings trademarked back in 2007. It was Merriman’s nickname throughout his football career, beginning in high school when he knocked four players unconscious during a game. “Lights Out” e Read the rest
LA CHARGERS TRADEMARK APPLICATION OPPOSED BY LA GEAR
Los Angeles – The former San Diego Chargers recently announced that they are moving and will become the Los Angeles Chargers. However, the company owning the team, the Chargers Football Company LLC, has run into some trouble getting a trademark for “LA Chargers”.
Chargers Football Company filed a trademark in January 2016 on an intent to use basis for “LA Chargers”. The trade Read the rest
DJ THREATENS TO SUE TO GET TRADEMARK FOR CAT’S MEOWINGTONS NAME
Los Angeles – A cat named Meowingtons is at the center of a recent trademark controversy. Meowingtons is a black and white cat adopted from the Humane Society by famous EDM DJ Deadmau5 (pronounced dead mouse). The Meowingtons trademark is currently registered to Emma Bassiri, but Deadmau5 is threatening to sue to cancel her trademark registration.
The DJ, whose real name is Joel Zimmerman, began using the Meowingtons name publicly in 2010. The Meowingtons name is an extensive brand. Several social media accounts are run under the name. There is a Meowingtons headphone line. The name is featured on Deadma5 merchandise, and even was the name of a tour. While the bra Read the rest
KARDASHIAN SISTERS FILE OPPOSITION TO BLAC CHYNA’S KARDASHIAN TRADEMARK
Los Angeles – The sisters Kardashian are in another trademark battle, and this time its family. This year Blac Chyna, who is the mother of Rob Kardashian’s (the sister’s brother) first child and the star of Rob and Chyna, filed a trademark application for ANGELA RENEE KARDASHIAN with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Last week, the corporations owned by the Kardashian sisters filed an opposition to the trademark claiming that its use would confuse the public.
Chyna and Rob have been talking about getting married, so it would be her future married name that she is trying to trademark. But the attorneys for the Kardashian sisters, Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Read the rest
SNUGGIE MAKER SUES AMAZON FOR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT
Los Angeles – The creator of the Snuggie blanket, Allstar Marketing Group, along with two other companies that sell products on Amazon are in a lawsuit with the mega online retailer alleging that it committed trademark infringement. The lawsuit claims that Seattle-based Amazon is allowing many other competitors to flood Amazon’s marketplace with counterfeit items which is causing a loss in consumer good will and profit. ”
The alleged counterfeit items are bein Read the rest
OHIO STATE ACCUSES CAFEPRESS OF TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT
San Diego – Ohio State University has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in federal court in Columbus, Ohio against CafePress, an online retailer based out of Louisville, Kentucky. The lawsuit claims that the online retailer is selling apparel and other merchandise that infringe Read the rest