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Tesla's Elon Musk

Tesla trademark spat threatens Musk's China dream

Elon Musk’s electric wagon biz Tesla may be forced to retreat from China after Chinese businessman Zhan Baosheng claimed he owns the trademark "Tesla". Guangdong-based Zhan registered 特斯拉 (Te Si La) in 2006 – well before Tesla set up shop in the Middle Kingdom. According to Reuters, Tesla thought the dispute was resolved in …
Simon Rockman, 08 Jul 2014
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YouView loses YourView trademark fight, may have to pick new name

The £100m BT and TalkTalk-backed set-top box venture YouView™ may be forced to change its name after losing a trademark scrap today against Cheltenham-based telecomms provider Total. The latter had registered the trademark Your View™ for its billing platform – which it advertises here – before BT and TalkTalk had registered the …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2014

Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

Europe's highest court has stated that Apple can indeed trademark the layout of its stores - the iAltars - in a ruling that could ultimately dunk copycat retailers in hot water with the litigious US titan. The decision follows a spat last year, when the German Patent and Trademark Office said Apple could not extend the 2010 US …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2014
Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush King stops trying to trademark CANDY in the US

Games developer King has abandoned its attempt to get the word CANDY trademarked in the US, to go with its matching European trademark. The company said that after being awarded the trademark for CANDY CRUSHER, it no longer felt the need to pursue a trademark on the word CANDY. “King has withdrawn its trademark application for …

Pinterest who? EU rules social network CAN'T trademark its own name

A trademark ruling in Europe could stop Pinterest from expanding onto the continent, as the EU's office rules that the company doesn't own the rights to the name "pinterest". The EU Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market has ruled against the crafts'n'cupcakes website, deciding that London-based social news aggregator …
Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

The company behind the wildly successful Candy Crush Saga mobile games franchise already has its mitts on the European trademark for the word "candy" and is now awaiting approval for its application for the same thing in the US. "We have trademarked the word 'CANDY' in the EU, as our IP is constantly being infringed and we have …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2014
Old scanned snap of two "Mods" on a scooter. By Sergio Calleja  http://www.flickr.com/photos/24899877@N00/101627303 Licensed under  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

Microsoft is attempting to trademark the phrase “Microsoft Mod” in a move being interpreted as step towards renaming the Windows 8/8.1 interface. The software giant in December lodged a wordmark filing with the US Patent and Trademark office (USPTO) to claim “Microsoft Mod” and “Microsoft Office Mod.” The filings were uncovered …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jan 2014

Apple launches global 'iWatch' trademark blitz

Reports are popping up all over the intertubes about countries in which Apple has filed for a trademark on the term "iWatch". As The Reg mused on Monday when we reported that Apple had filed for such a trademark in Japan after filing in Russia last month, it's possible that Apple is protecting "iWatch" merely as a defensive move …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jul 2013
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Chinese firm applies for 'Edward Snowden' trademark

A Chinese electric vehicle (EV) company has made a bold attempt to cash in on the publicity surrounding PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden by filing an application to register his name as a trademark. Beijing-based Hong Yuan Lan Xiang (HYLX) wants to register the name in both Chinese and English for its “top secret technologies …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2013
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Pinch to Xoom: Motorola settles trademark suit in confidential deal

Motorola has settled a trademark lawsuit in the US over the name "Xoom", and will "phase out" its use on a Googlerola fondleslab. The Google-owned mobile device maker was sued by online payment provider Xoom Corporation on the day a tablet bearing the name Xoom was launched back in 2011 and settled the case in a confidential …
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This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF

If you thought Apple patenting the rectangle was a gratuitous abuse of intellectual property, you may be pained to hear that Apple has now applied to trademark a leaf. Specifically, Apple wants to protect the leaf on its company logo. Apple applied for to the European Trademark Registry on 3 December, with the help of London …
Anna Leach, 10 Dec 2012

USPTO backs down on iPad mini trademark objections

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has withdrawn its primary objections to Apple's trademark filing for the term "iPad mini" – but Cupertino is not completely off the hook quite yet. "Upon further review of the application, the examining attorney has determined that the following refusals issued in the initial Office …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Apr 2013
That expensive glass door before it was broken, credit Apple press photo website

Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

Apple is attempting to gain a trademark on the word "startup", and may gain exclusive use of the word in Australia next week. Apple has also applied for a trademark on "startup" in the USA, but the Australian application offers lots more detail. The Australian page, hosted by the nation's overseer of patents and trademarks IP …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2013

Bureaucrats foil Nestlé's bid to TRADEMARK KitKat's chocolatey digits

British bureaucrats' refusal to protect the KitKat chocolate bar's distinctive four-finger design from copycats has been slammed by UK lawyers as "remarkable" - and they say the decision has ominous implications for businesses fighting off competitors. The UK Intellectual Property Office - an agency of the government's …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Aug 2013
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Apple pulls back the iRon curtain to register iWatch trademark in Russia

Apple has reportedly registered an iWatch trademark in Russia, providing the clearest indication yet that it will soon release a wearable computer disguised as a timepiece. However, the fruity firm might be in a for a fight, because a wristwatch seller which runs a website called i-watch.ru has already registered the trademark …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Jun 2013
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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

A trademark battle has erupted following a company’s bid to stake a Europe-wide claim to the name "Python" - that of many devs’ favourite scripting language. The Python Software Foundation has said it’s wrestling UK-based web host Veber for its own name after the company informed the software people it was applying for Community …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Feb 2013

Apple trademark filing may provide peek into iTunes Radio capability

Apple has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark office for a trademark on the term "Live Listen", perhaps providing a hint about a capability of the iTunes Radio feature in the soon-to-be-released iOS 7. Apple's USPTO filing for "Live Listen" (click to enlarge) The trademark application was filed on August 7 …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Aug 2013
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Judge: Facebook must see Timelines Inc in court over trademark

Facebook has failed to convince a judge to toss out a trademark infringement lawsuit regarding the free content ad platform's use of the term "Timeline". Timelines Inc, which created a website in 2009 that records and shares historic events, flung a sueball at Facebook in late 2011 when it alleged that Mark Zuckerberg's company …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Apr 2013
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PSF warns on angry trademark attacks: Python coders, this is not our way

Python fans have been chastised over their attacks on a tiny web host embroiled in dispute over the Python trademark in Europe that saw the police called in. Top officials from the Python Software Foundation have urged civility and restraint in the dispute, saying death threats and hactivism against the web hosting company - …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Feb 2013

Apple denied trademark protection for 'iPad mini'

The US Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple's request to trademark the term "iPad mini" – but there's good reason to assume that Cupertino will overturn the decision on appeal. The central reason for the denial is rather straightforward: that "mini" is merely identifies the original iPad's little brother as being, well, …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2013
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Brit web biz waves white flag in Python trademark bout

UK website hoster Veber has binned its bid to exclusively trademark the word “python” in Europe following talks with the Python Software Foundation (PSF). In an agreement described by both sides as “amicable”, Veber will also rebrand its hosting and online backup service that it had called Python. The British company and the PSF …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2013
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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

UK webhosting outfit Veber has called the police after fending off abuse in the wake of its attempt to trademark "python" in Europe. The small biz said it came under fire from fans of the popular Python programming language. The firestorm appeared to have been ignited by a Python Software Foundation (PSF) blog post on 14 …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Feb 2013

Apple 'iWatch' trademark filing hints Cook's make-or-break moment looms

Apple is said to have filed a trademark application for the term "iWatch" in Japan – just a few weeks after it reportedly did the same in Russia – thus fueling rumors that, yes, Cupertino is indeed planning a move into what CEO Tim Cook calls "wearables." Apple filed for the trademark on June 3, and the filing was made public …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Jul 2013
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Lawyers try to seize Chinese IPAD trademark

Apple may be waiting some time yet before it gets the rights to use the IPAD name in China after reports from the region suggested that lawyers of its court room opponent Proview are requesting temporary seizure of the trademark until they are paid. A report on technology news portal Sina Tech (via Marbridge Daily) claimed that …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Jul 2012
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China backs Proview in Apple iPad trademark war

A top Chinese official has said his government regards the IPAD trademark as the property of Shenzhen Proview Technology, piling extra pressure on Apple to settle over the alleged unauthorised use of the word. Yan Xiaohong, the deputy director of China's National Copyright Administration, told reporters in Beijing that the …

LG's 'Chromestation' trademark grab sparks Google tie-up speculation

South Korea electronics giant LG could be set to launch new devices based on Google’s Chrome operating system after eagled-eyed industry watchers spotted the firm has begun registering several new trademarks in Australia. Filings for “Chromedesk”, “Chromestation” and “Chromeone” have all been made by LG Electronics’ Korean HQ …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Oct 2013
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Steve Jobs backs Amazon from beyond grave in Apple trademark row

Amazon has asked a US court to lop off an allegation of false advertising from Apple's trademark lawsuit against the Amazon Appstore. Apple launched legal action last year alleging that the Amazon Appstore for Android is a trademark violation of Apple's App Store. On top of the trademark kerfuffle, Apple also claimed that Amazon …
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US court tosses out Proview's IPAD trademark gripe

A US judge has thrown out the case brought by Proview that accused Apple of tricking it into selling the "IPAD" name for less than it should have. China's Proview filed the case in February, claiming that Apple had deliberately created a special company called IP Application Development (IPAD) just to talk Proview into handing …
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Handbags at dawn: Hermes loses Chinese trademark battle

Sacré bleu! Apple isn’t the only big name brand facing a trademark KO in China at the moment, after French fashion giant Hermes lost a key legal battle with China’s Trademark Appeal Board. Shanghai Daily reported that although the purveyor of luxury goods has had its English language name registered since as far back as 1977 in …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Feb 2012
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Intel shows Apple how to win a trademark dispute in China

Chip giant Intel has shown Apple how to deal with an irksome trademark dispute in China by claiming a legal victory over Shenzhen-based printing peripherals firm Inteljet over the weekend. Chipzilla won 400,000 yuan (£20,000) in compensation after Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People's Court agreed with it that the name of Shenzhen …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Apr 2012

Now Apple opens fire on EPAD trademark in China

Apple has filed an official complaint over an application for the EPAD trademark by Guangzhou-based computer kit maker ebox. The peripheral biz applied for the EPAD trademark in August 2010 and about a year later passed the first stage of approval by China’s Trademark Office, according to a report on Sina Tech. Apple filed its …
Phil Muncaster, 02 Mar 2012
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Microsoft gets trademark for retail store plans

Microsoft has been awarded a trademark on its design for a store selling all things high tech. Trademark registration 4036534 covers the design of “a retail store with four curved tabletops at the front and rear side walls and a rectangular band displaying changing video images on the walls.” The trademark covers stores selling …
Iain Thomson, 07 Oct 2011

Apple surrenders in 'app store' trademark suit against Amazon

After battling it out in the courts for more than two years, Apple has dropped its lawsuit against Amazon over the e-commerce giant's use of the term "app store", claiming legal measures are no longer necessary. "We no longer see a need to pursue our case," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told Reuters on Tuesday. "With more …
Neil McAllister, 09 Jul 2013
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Microsoft, Nokia, HTC fight Apple's 'App store' trademark

Microsoft is joining a challenge to Apple's European trademark of Appstore and App Store. The software giant is joining with mobile firms HTC, Nokia and Sony Ericsson to challenge Apple's trademark in Europe. Amazon has filed a similar complaint. The companies want the trademark dismissed as too generic – which might seem a bit …
John Oates, 13 May 2011
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Twitter contests ad company's 'tweets' trademark

Twitter said that a trademark belonging to Twittad "threatens to block" it from registering "tweet" as its own "legitimate" mark, according to the company's legal submission to a district court in San Francisco. Twittad owns the trademark "Let Your Ad Meet Tweets". It is a company that "offers online advertising services …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Sep 2011
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'Exploitative' Proview slammed by trademark judge ... in 2010

Taiwanese monitor maker Proview’s refusal to honour a deal to sell Apple the IPAD trademark in China smacks of a conspiracy driven by greed, according to a Hong Kong judge who ruled in Apple’s favour back in 2010. The Hong Kong High Court documents from back then, published by All Things Digital, reveal that Judge Hon Poon had …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Feb 2012
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Apple loses bid to trademark 'multi-touch'

The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Apple's appeal to obtain a trademark for the term "multi-touch". "Simply because the applied-for term has been used in association with a highly successful product does not mean the term has acquired distinctiveness," concludes the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in an 18- …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Sep 2011
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Apple fails to get US 'App Store' trademark injunction

Apple's claim that it owns the trademark "app store" has been dismissed by a US court. The computer giant was seeking a preliminary injunction to stop Amazon calling its "app store" the "Appstore". Apple claimed that "App Store" was a distinctive mark, even though the words app and store are well-known and well-understood. …
John Oates, 07 Jul 2011
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Huawei smacks ZTE with patent and trademark lawsuits

Huawei has launched patent and trademark litigation against ZTE in Germany, France and Hungary alleging that its competitor has been selling kit bearing Huawei's logo as well as using its technology. Huawei claims that ZTE has been sticking its trademark on some data cards, as well as infringing various patents including those …
Bill Ray, 28 Apr 2011
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EMC registers mysterious new trademark

EMC has trademarked a new product name: VSPeX. So what the heck is it? Searches on EMC websites reveal that VSPeX is a way to enable "faster virtual infrastructure deployment, greater flexibility of choice, efficiency, and lower risk." The trademark info can be seen here, and is dated 12 February 2012. It is described as: The …
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2012
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Murdoch's BSkyB stares down Microsoft: Redmond renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

After six months of deliberation, Microsoft has announced the new name for its trademark-disputed SkyDrive cloud storage service: OneDrive. The SkyDrive brand, which has been a cornerstone of Microsoft's latest Windows marketing, was called into dispute in 2011 when British Sky Broadcasting Group – the European satellite …
Neil McAllister, 27 Jan 2014
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Oracle asserts non-existent open source trademark

Oracle's trademark on the popular Hudson open-source project doesn't exist. At least for now. Oracle claimed that it acquired the Hudson trademark with its purchase of Sun Microsystems. But a well-placed former Sun Microsystems employee has contacted The Reg to say that Sun took an "explicit decision" not to apply for a …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Dec 2010
Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush King went 'too far' when it candy crushed my app – dev

The developer behind the Candy Slots iOS game has said Candy Crush Saga-maker King has gone "too far" with its enforcement of its trademark on the word CANDY. Candy Slots icon and Candy Crush icon The icons of Candy Slots and Candy Crush Slots programmer Benny Hsu was surprised to find an email in his inbox yesterday from …
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iCloud Communications sues Apple for 'irreparable injury' to trademark

A Phoenix, Arizona company is throwing a trademark complaint at Apple over the iCloud moniker. iCloud Communications LLC stated in its filing, courtesy of The Next Web, on 9 June that it has provided cloud computing services since 2005. It said its "software applications and customer data are hosted at and are accessed through …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jun 2011
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Kiwi inventor's court win rains on Apple's parade

New Zealand inventor Hayden Crowther has done something Samsung hasn't been able to achieve: comprehensively smack down Apple in court. Apple's beef with Kiwi Crowther centres on the waterproof phone cases he markets under the name “driPhone”. Crowther tried to trademark that name, but Cupertino took exception claiming it “would …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2013
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Zappa's widow loses trademark case over own name

A German music festival dedicated to the work of unconventional rock musician Frank Zappa can continue to use a version of his name without infringing on the trademark rights of his estate, a court has ruled. Zappa's widow cannot enforce her rights to the Zappa trademark in Germany because she has not used it in commerce there. …
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Jul 2010
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Half-Life 3: CONFIRMED?

Valve has filed for a trademark for Half-Life 3, the successor to its phenomenally successful computer game franchise. The application was filed with OHIM – the trade marks and designs registration office of the European union – on the 29th of September and was surfaced by the NeoGAF gaming forum. The last installment of the …
Jack Clark, 01 Oct 2013
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US dating site has no 'goodwill' trademark rights in UK

The High Court rejected claims made by US online dating company Plentyoffish Media that it was entitled to assert rights over UK-registered trademarks because it had high UK visitor numbers to its website. Justice Birss QC said that because Plentyoffish Media did not have any customers in the UK it did not own any "goodwill" …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Oct 2011

The official iPhone actually runs Android - in Brazil

Apple has lost the rights to the trademark "iPhone" in Brazil to a local manufacturer which makes an Android phone called the iPhone NEO. Yesterday the Brazilian Trademark and Patents Office rejected Apple's claims to the trademark "iPhone" in the category of telecoms and the category of electronic devices. "Registration …
Anna Leach, 14 Feb 2013
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Apple, Amazon trademark spat turns surreal

Apple has slapped back at Amazon in their messy legal tête-à-tête over whether the online megaretailer's Appstore for Android is a violation of Apple's trademark for the term "app store" – and its arguments are becoming increasingly surreal. "Apple denies that the mark APP STORE is generic and, on that basis, denies that the …
Rik Myslewski, 20 May 2011