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#GOOGLE SEEKS A #PATENT FOR A SMART #CRIB

By Joseph Mandour on July 14, 2016

babyOrange County – In the recent past, audio and then video monitoring of newborn babies was considered cutting edge technology. However, a new patent application filed by Google makes those advances seem quaint. Google’s patent application shows where baby monitoring technology is going which is hopefully to a place where serious concerns for parents like SIDS become a thing of the past.

Smart baby monitoring products are already on the market, but these products are either attached to the baby, integrated into the baby’s clothing, or set up under or near the baby’s crib. In contrast, Google’s crib would integrate these technological featu Read the rest

#IVANKA #TRUMP IN #TRADEMARK LAWSUIT WITH LUXURY #SHOE BRAND

By Joseph Mandour on July 4, 2016

shoes-heelsLos Angeles – Ivanka Trump has been called out for infringing one of Aquazzura’s most popular shoe designs and renaming it as her own. Italian-based luxury shoe brand Aquazzura recently alleging trade dress infringement, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices against Trump. Since Trump did not respond to the initial accusations, Aquazzura filed a trade dress infringement lawsuit against her, her company IT Collection, and her licensee Marc Fischer.

The footwear in question made by Aquazzura that was allegedly copied is called “Wild Thing.” Trump’s version is called “Hettie.” Side by side Read the rest

#LEDZEPPELIN’S #STAIRWAYTOHEAVEN IS NOT A #COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

By Joseph Mandour on June 27, 2016

stairwayLos Angeles – The ongoing saga of the case of copyright infringement between Led Zeppelin and the trust of Randy Wolfe has finally ended, with the jury finding that Led Zeppelin did not commit copyright infringement. After members of the band Jimmy Page and Robert Plant testified, a federal court jury decided that they did not steal part of “Taurus” when writing “Stairway to Heaven.”

“Taurus” is Read the rest

APPLE RECEIVES PATENT FOR IPHONE THAT IS ENTIRELY A SCREEN

By Joseph Mandour on June 17, 2016

apple-storeSan Diego – Apple was granted a patent for a button-less phone with a wrap-around screen the encompasses the entire phone. The innovative design is intended to take better advantage of phone space and to remove fixed buttons, such as the volume controls that are usually externally located on the sides.

The iPhone’s design would still allow for key elements of smartphones, such as microphones and a camera. Instead of Read the rest

#AXLROSE CLAIMS #COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IN TRYING TO REMOVE UNFLATTERING PHOTOS

By Joseph Mandour on June 9, 2016

pieOrange County – Axl Rose, the lead singer of Guns N’ Roses, is demanding that Google take down several unflattering images of him that have been used as part of an Internet meme mocking his physical appearance and weight. In 2010, a Winnipeg Free Press photographer covered a Guns N’ Roses concert, taking photos of Axl Rose. The images ran with the newspaper’s review of the concert. The photos were then seen and used by Gauntlet, a heavy metal news site, which rep Read the rest

JUSTIN #BIEBER AND #SKRILLEX SUED FOR #COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

By Joseph Mandour on June 3, 2016

music-sheetLos Angeles – Justin Bieber and Skrillex are fighting back against copyright infringement claims related to their multi-platinum song “Sorry.” A suit filed in Nashville federal court by singer-songwriter Casey Dienel, who performs as White Hinterland, claims that “Sorry” uses a vocal riff from her song “Ring the Bell,” which was released on her album “Baby” in 2014.

The sound in question is a female vocal riff which is sampled and processed electronically to sound more like an instrument, and the two samples do sound remarkably similar, although Hinterland’s riff consists of four notes to Bieber’s five. However, i Read the rest

GOOGLE GRANTED PATENT FOR AUTO ADHESIVE FOR COLLISIONS WITH PEDESTRIANS

By Joseph Mandour on May 25, 2016

automobileLos Angeles – Google has been granted a patent for a system that would adhere victims of auto collisions to a self-driving vehicle. The adhesive material would be placed on the hood and bumper of a car, the locations where a pedestrian is most likely to be hit. The adhesive would be hidden under a protective layer on the vehicle, most likely a top coating, separated by an air gap.

In the event of a collision with a pedestrian, the impact would expose the adhesive and make contact with the pedestrian directly. Adhering the crash victim to the car reduces the risk of a “secondary collision.” This happens when a stricken ped Read the rest

#SONY FILES #PATENT FOR SMART CONTACT LENS WITH CAMERA CAPABILITIES

By Joseph Mandour on May 10, 2016

Contact lens San Diego – Smart contact lenses serving as cameras triggered by blinking may soon become a reality. Sony recently became the third company, following Google and Samsung, to file a patent for a high-tech contact lens containing a camera and sensors.

Sony filed for the patent back in May 2013, but the information on the patent Read the rest

#SIRI #PATENT INFRINGEMENT SETTLEMENT TO COST #APPLE $24.9M

By Joseph Mandour on April 26, 2016

apple-storeLos Angeles – Apple has agreed to pay out $24.9 million to settle a lawsuit that has dragged on for years. The lawsuit is alleging that its Siri voice assistant technology violated a patent licensed to a Dallas company and owned by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. The Dallas company, Dynamic Advances, was the exclusive licensee of Rensselaer’s patent.

Dynamic Advances does not mention what exactly it d Read the rest

#LEDZEPPELIN #COPYRIGHT CASE OVER “#STAIRWAYTOHEAVEN” HEADS TO TRIAL

By Joseph Mandour on April 18, 2016

stairwaySan Diego – A copyright lawsuit filed by a band called Spirit against Led Zeppelin over its iconic song Stairway to Heaven will now go to trial. The trial’s focus is whether the introduction from Stairway to Heaven copied the chord sequence of Spirit’s song called “Taurus.”

The surviving members of Spirit claim they performed at festivals with Led Zeppelin, which provided the band opportunity to hear, and then later borrow Read the rest

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