SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON WINS TRADEMARK LAWSUIT AGAINST SALT LAKE COMIC CON
By Joseph Mandour on December 15, 2017
San Diego – After a long-running battle, a jury in San Diego decided in favor of Comic-Con International, the nonprofit behind San Diego Comic-Con, which has been an iconic pop culture fan event for a whopping 50 years. The ruling holds that San Diego Comic-Con does hold trademark rights to “Comic-con”.
The lawsuit began when San Diego Comic-Con claimed that the two defendants Daniel Far Read the rest
APPLE COUNTERSUES QUALCOMM FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT
By Joseph Mandour on December 7, 2017
San Diego – Qualcomm has long accused Apple of infringing its patents, but now the tables have turned. In a new countersuit, Apple alleges that it owns at least eight battery life patents that Qualcomm has violated. Apple, the company that kickstarted the modern smartphone, stated that Qualcomm is acting like a “common patent troll” – a company that hoards intellectual property without making any real products.
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Posted in: Patent Infringement
WOOF-TANG CLAN DOG WALKING COMPANY TRADEMARK OPPOSED BY WU-TANG CLAN
By Joseph Mandour on November 30, 2017
Orange County – The Wu-Tang Clan is a hip hop group from New York. Wu-Tang Clan’s producer, RZA, recently filed a trademark opposition against a Brooklyn dog-walking company after it filed a trademark application for “Woof-Tang Clan” on June 8, 2017. The opposition states that the Woof-Tang Clan trademark is likely to be confused with multiple registrations already owned by the Wu-Tang Clan.
Marty Cuatchon is the owner of Woof-Tang Clan, Read the rest
RAPPER RICK ROSS’ REVIVES COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT AGAINST LMFAO
By Joseph Mandour on November 20, 2017
Los Angeles – Last week Miami rapper Rick Ross appealed a 2016 ruling that dismissed his copyright lawsuit about alleged similarities between his song “Hustlin” and Los Angeles duo LMFAO’s song “Party Rock Anthem.” LMFAO is made up of Redfoo (Stefan Gordy) the youngest son of Motown founder Berry Gordy, and Sky Blu (Skyler Gordy) who is Stefan’s nephew.
In April 2016, the Florida court ruled that Rick Ross’ copyright registrations for the song had several errors making them invalid. Without valid registration with the U.S. Copyright Office, a copyright lawsuit cannot be filed in federal court. Back in 2016, U.S. District Court J Read the rest
MOOSEHEAD SUES HOP’N MOOSE FOR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT
By Joseph Mandour on November 10, 2017
Orange County – Moosehead Breweries is the oldest independently owned Brewery in Canada. The moose is an established icon for Moosehead which is a family-owned company founded in 1867. Moosehead owns multiple U.S. trademark registrations for “moose” and “moosehead” as well as moose-based images all for use related to beer.
Hop’n Moose Brewing Company LLC opened a brewpub named Hop’n Moose in downtown Rutland, Vermont in 2014. Its distribution is small, only selling canned beer in 15 stores in the area. Because the company uses “moose” in its name, as well as an image of a moose for the brand name, Moosehead Breweries h Read the rest
EMINEM WINS COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT AGAINST NEW ZEALAND POLITICAL PARTY
By Joseph Mandour on October 31, 2017
Los Angeles – A judge recently held that a New Zealand political party infringed on Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” copyright when it used a song that sounded very similar to Eminem’s hit. The song was used in a 2014 election advertisement. The judge awarded Eminem’s publishing company $415,000 after deciding that the song the National Party purchased from a stock music library was substantially similar to Eminem’s song.
The infringing song’s title is labeled as “Eminem-esque” which likely did not help the defendant. “Lose Yourself” received the 2003 Academy Award for Best Original Song and is one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Gr Read the rest
GOOGLE WINS GENERICIDE TRADEMARK CASE
By Joseph Mandour on October 19, 2017
San Diego – Google recently won a lawsuit which challenged the validity of the Google trademark. Under U.S. trademark law, trademark rights are lost when a trademark becomes the generic name for the goods or services for which it is used. Several brand names have succumbed to this tragic occurrence known as genericide.
Formerly protectible trademarks that lost trademark rights are aspirin, escalator, thermos, and kleenex.
In Elliott v. Google, t Read the rest
Posted in: Trademark Registration
BANANA SUIT COSTUME SPARKS SCARY HALLOWEEN COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT
By Joseph Mandour on October 4, 2017
Orange County – Banana suit costumes are a popular favorite for Halloween, and it turns out there’s big money in them. Enough so that Kmart and Rasta Imposta are entrenched in a copyright lawsuit over a banana suit which is a registered U.S. copyright.
For nearly a decade since 2008, Kmart has been purchasing costumes from costume manufacturer Silvertop Associates which does business as Rasta Imposta. However, this year Kmart and Rasta Imposta failed t Read the rest
JAGUAR LAND ROVER FILES TRADEMARK APPLICATIONS TO PROTECT APPEARANCE OF VEHICLES
By Joseph Mandour on September 27, 2017
Los Angeles – Jaguar Land Rover filed five trademark applications between April and September 2016 in hopes to protect the shape of its vehicles. The design most recently called in to question is the Land Rover Defender after Jim Ratcliffe, billionaire owner of Ineos, is looking to release a similar vehicle.
Ineos is a company chiefly focused on chemicals, so it seems questionable that they are attempting to wedge their way into th Read the rest
FEDERAL JUDGE REFUSES TO DISMISS SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON TRADEMARK CASE
By Joseph Mandour on September 19, 2017
San Diego – The Trademark case between San Diego Comic-Con and Salt Lake Comic Con is now moving toward trial. After Salt Lake Comic Con filed a Motion for Summary Judgment claiming that Comic Con was a generic term, U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia refused to dismiss the trademark case citing lackluster evidence to support such a claim.
San Diego Comic-Con is Read the rest