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UK Supremes back Oracle against reseller who brought Sun kit to EU

Oracle has won a UK Supreme Court ruling in its long-running battle with dealer M-Tech Data that upholds the database-maker's right to be the first to bring its gear to EU markets. The case was originally brought by Sun Microsystems, which sued M-Tech in 2009 for importing Sun drives into the EU after Sun had only sold them in …
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Law firm argues links to its website abuse its trademarks

One of the world's biggest law firms is suing a small Chicago-based website for naming the firm and linking to two of its associates' biographies. A judge rejected an attempt to have the case thrown out last week. Jones Day, a firm with more than 2,200 lawyers, argues that BlockShopper.com is giving a false impression that the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Nov 2008
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REVEALED: Everything Everywhere new 4G logo ... a SNAIL?

Everything Everywhere has chosen a surprising design to accompany the launch of its 4G next-gen mobile broadband in Britain, we've discovered. Ten trademarks were registered with the Intellectual Property Office on 29 May, and have now emerged: the ten include the phrases "4G Every", "4G Everywhere", "4G Everything Everywhere" …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Aug 2012
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Mozilla accuses Gamma of dressing up dictators' spyware as Firefox

Firefox-maker Mozilla claims spook supplier Gamma International disguises its spyware as the popular web browser - and wants it to stop. The non-profit software foundation slapped a cease-and-desist demand on UK-based FinFisher developer Gamma. In the legal letter, Mozilla said its Firefox trademark is being violated and that …
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2013
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New AMD trademarks bubble to surface

AMD has registered two new trademarks with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The first is called GigaMAC, serial number 75-673052, and is a stylised illustration. It's unclear from the registration form what GigaMAC refers to. The company already has a trademark for GigaNIC. The second trademark, serial number 75-669302, is …
Mike Magee, 21 Jul 1999
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Apache devs: 'We'll ship no OpenOffice before its time'

Even as the open source LibreOffice productivity suite readies its next major release, the competing Apache OpenOffice project says not to expect it to ship a new version until it's good and ready. "On the Apache OpenOffice project we are mainly volunteers, dedicating free time to the project, and that time varies according to …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jun 2013
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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

British company Games Workshop, well known for producing tabletop wargames and other products set in various fantasy universes, has claimed that it owns the idea of future space marines and that nobody can write books featuring astro-bootnecks* without its consent. Last December the company succeeded in getting the novel Spots …
Lewis Page, 07 Feb 2013
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iPhone trademarks: the real issues

Apple's iPhone announcement and Cisco's iPhone trademark lawsuit has brought the iPhone moniker into the spotlight. But other companies also own and use iPhone trademarks, and market and sell their iPhone products. Mark Rasch explains how US trademark law works and the real issues at play in this highly publicised trademark …
Mark Rasch, 24 Jan 2007
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AMD trademarks own name

In what appears to be a colossal oversight, AMD has only just registered the words Advanced Micro Devices as a trademark. The application for the trademark was taken out on the 12th of March last. Just think what hay others might have made out of the oversight. Other trademarks recently registered include GigaNIC. So we'd better …
Mike Magee, 28 May 1999
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UK brings in small-claims court for intellectual property

Small-biz bosses in England and Wales will find it easier and cheaper to protect their intellectual property from today. That's the promise by Blighty's business minister Michael Fallon, who yesterday launched a new way to use the Patents County Court (PCC) to settle small claims of up to £5,000 without getting expensive …
Anna Leach, 02 Oct 2012
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Apple finally grabs apple.co.uk – after just 16 years

Apple has finally taken control of the internet domain name apple.co.uk, which has been in third-party hands since at least 1996. The change of ownership, which appears to have occurred on 6 July, means visitors to the URL are now bounced to the UK version of the official Apple website at apple.com. Previously, the domain was …
Kevin Murphy, 19 Jul 2012
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'There may come a day when Hobbits promote slot machines ...'

Just weeks before The Hobbit hits the big screen, the family of author JRR Tolkien is once again suing the film's producers. The Hobbit Bilbo poster The Tolkien estate and the book's publisher Harper Collins claim Warner Bros, its subsidiary New Line and Hobbit rights-holder Saul Zaentz Company are overstepping their bounds …
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Big Apple fake Apple stores agree to rat out suppliers

A New York gadget shop called Apple Story has agreed to change its name, hand over any counterfeit stock bearing Apple logos or slogans, and name its dodgy suppliers as part of a court settlement with the fruity tech giant. Apple Story and another store, Fun Zone, were taken to court last July by Apple for trademark infringement …
Anna Leach, 16 Sep 2011

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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2,000 dot-word bids rocket ICANN onto $350m cash pile

The upcoming expansion of the internet's domain name system could see more than 2,000 new top-level domains come into existence, according to policy overseer ICANN. The organisation revealed at the weekend that it has received 2,091 applications for its controversial new gTLD programme, and could see up to 214 more before it …
Kevin Murphy, 08 May 2012
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AMD finally trademarks Athlon and own name

Chip company AMD has finally managed to trademark its most important intellectual property, its own name. At the same time, it has taken steps to trademark the name Athlon. Earlier this year, we revealed that AMD had somehow forgotten to take this step, and so it has moved fast to protect its rights. The trademark AMD, according …
Adamson Rust, 18 Nov 1999
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Playmate wins right to use Playboy trademarks in her metas

Ex-Playboy Playmate of the Year Terri Welles has won the right to describe herself as such on her Web site -- and not only on the site's front end, but in the hidden code that describes the pages' content to search engines and the like. Playboy Enterprises, owner of the Playboy and Playboy Playmate of the Year trademarks …
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 1999
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Apple bans 'memory' games from iOS App Store

Apple is reportedly sending email notices to developers of iOS games with the word "memory" in their titles, warning them that unless they change their apps' names, they will be pulled from the App Store. According to a report by Gamasutra, the move comes at the behest of German puzzle and board game maker Ravensburger, which …
Neil McAllister, 15 Nov 2012
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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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Now Apple faces Siri court room showdown

Apple’s protracted iPad trademark battle with Proview appears to have opened the floodgates to further legal attacks in China, with Siri now being targeted in a law suit which could cost Cupertino in excess of $60 million to resolve. A Shanghai-based developer of voice assistant technology has filed against Apple and its local …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Jul 2012
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Google aiming to buy dot-lol cyberland, and not just for the lulz of it

Google has revealed it is jockeying for a variety of top-level domains (TLDs) including .lol and .google. The ad giant went public with its plans on Thursday after ICANN's deadline passed for applications for new web address extensions. The search engine behemoth has applied for TLDs that include .youtube, .google and .lol, …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2012
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Chinese cops bust culinary Apple trademark thieves

Steely-eyed industrial gumshoes in the east-central Chinese city of Wuhan have foiled a nefarious plan by dishonorable appliance punters to exploit the power of the Apple brand. In the Qiaokou district of that riverside city of 10 million souls, a firm dishonestly identifying themselves as "Apple Limited" had – without legal …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Feb 2012
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Culture jammers connect Lego clones with 3D printer files

Sy-Lab and The Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) Lab, a self-described “organization dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media”, have released a set of 3D printer files that will “enable complete interoperability between ten popular children’s construction …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2012
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Rackspace spins up OpenStack Foundation

Rackspace is letting go of key components of the OpenStack Linux-for-the-cloud initiative it is helping to lead, with the creation of an OpenStack Foundation, The Reg has learned. The company has told a small number of OpenStackers, via a confidential email seen by The Reg, that it is in the process of creating the OpenStack …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Oct 2011
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BitTorrent sues for trademarks

BitTorrent - which usually finds itself reading lawyers' letters rather than writing them - is going to start taking legal action rather than just being its subject. The company will set the lawyers on anyone using the BitTorrent name, and trademark, if they are using it to distribute spyware or adware. BitTorrent users are …
John Oates, 07 Feb 2006
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Apple loses UK 'Samsung copied us' appeal: Must publicly GROVEL

Apple has lost an appeal over a UK ruling that said Samsung fondleslabs don't copy iPad's design and the fruity firm better put out an ad that says so. Cupertino immediately appealed when it not only lost the case but was ordered to take out advertisements and post on its website's front page that Samsung didn't copy the …
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Bonfire of the brands: ICANN's top-level domain selloff

Despite what in the final months seemed to be stiff competition, ICANN went ahead with its new generic domain names, letting companies register .whatevertheycanthinkof from 12 January. The generic top level domain names, or gTLDs, are something that ICANN has emphasised are necessary to let more businesses onto the net in what …
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$1.5k per complaint. Up to 1,900 gTLDs. Brand owners, prepare to PAY

Brand owners may face a costly battle to fight 'typosquatters' under a new top-level domain regime, an expert has warned. In 2011 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body that oversees the identification of websites, voted to expand the number of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that are in use …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Mar 2013
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4chan founder Moot threatens site for using his handle

The 4chan community site has been home to all manner of jokes, pranks, intentionally offensive imagery, and other juvenilia since it launched in 2003, but one thing it apparently takes very seriously is "Moot," the online handle of its founder, Christopher Poole. As reported by the Betabeat website, attorneys for Poole sent a …
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2012
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Fanbois froth as Apple claims 'iPhone5.com' rights

Apple has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Association against the owners of the domain name "iphone5.com", but devotees of the site to which that name links are not giving up without a fight. "Call Corporate Of Apple and tell them to stop there persuit!! Blow up there phones, Spam there emails, call there …
Rik Myslewski, 07 May 2012
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Chinese man trademarks Zidane headbutt

A Chinese entrepreneur has registered an image of French captain Zinedine Zidane headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi in last month's World Cup final as a trademark for clothing, shoes, hats and beer products, according to reports. Zhao Xiaokai hopes to sell the mark for US$125,000, reports Chinese news site Xinhua …
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Aug 2006
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Euro Parliament kills ACTA treaty before court can look at it

As widely expected, the hapless Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) treaty has been rejected by the European Parliament. European MPs wanted to push through a vote before the European Court of Justice had ruled on whether ACTA is compatible with European Treaties - and succeeded. Altogether 478 MEPs voted against …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jul 2012
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'Not only is James Bond fictional, he's not a fair representation of intelligence'

This was the week when a technology consultant tried to give people the FEAR by hacking Google Glass and suggesting that nefarious villains could use the tech specs to see and hear everything users do. Jay Freeman, also known by hacker handle Saurik, showed he had gained root access to Glass in a blog post and said that with …
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UN, IMF join opposition to ICANN top-level domain plans

Intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) like the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund have joined the ranks of the opposition to ICANN's proposed expansion of domain names. The web address overlord is planning to allow companies and organisations to establish generic top level domain names (gTLDs) from January next …
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HP's Whitman promises 'more beautiful' PCs

Building PCs and laptops that are better looking and more instantly recognizable to consumers is a key component of HP's strategy to turn around its struggling PC division, according to CEO Meg Whitman. "I don't think we kept up with the innovation," Whitman said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. "The whole market …
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2012
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.eu is a Euro domain, for Euro people - top legal bod

Only businesses established in the EU can register trademarks as web addresses in the '.eu' domain, a legal advisor to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said. Businesses based outside of the EU cannot contract with other companies based within the trading bloc to register trade mark domain names at the .eu domain on their …
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 May 2012
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Proview's Apple iPad rights war goes global, reaches ESSEX

Failed Asian monitor biz Proview has filed an amended complaint to a US court against Apple, implicating a company registered in the UK and seeking to regain worldwide rights to the IPAD trademark. The tweaked paperwork details further the alleged deception with which Apple and its fruity cohorts entered into in order to obtain …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Feb 2012
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Sky wins trademark tiff with Skype

British Sky Broadcasting has won a trademark dispute against Skype™ in the EU. The parasitic VoIP service is appealing, citing successful defences against BSkyB in Switzerland, Turkey and Brazil. The dispute, which has been running for five years, was little-known outside legal circles until it emerged in the mammoth S-1 …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Aug 2010
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Web smut barons sue over .xxx 'shakedown'

Two of the biggest porn companies on the net want to put a stop to the .xxx top-level domain, and they've taken their demands to court. Manwin and Digital Playground yesterday sued domain name system overseer ICANN and .xxx manager ICM Registry on antitrust grounds, claiming that ICM has been "extorting defensive registrations" …
Kevin Murphy, 18 Nov 2011
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Review finds Wikipedia UK board needs major leadership overhaul

A Wikimedia UK board member who had only been in the role for four months resigned late last year after raising conflict-of-interest issues at the organisation, which is one of the 39 local chapters founded to support and promote the projects of the San Francisco-based Wikimedia Foundation*. But it was only weeks after the …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Feb 2013
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'To employers, Jobs would just seem like a jerk in bad clothing'

This was the week when Tim Cook issued an apology to every Apple-adoring fanboi in China about how lousy the firm's customer service and warranty policies in the country were. The fruity chief was prompted by lots of state-controlled news outlet pressure, along with, presumably, the prickling of his conscience, to say in an open …
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Secret list of celebrity .xxx domains removed from market

Hundreds, possibly thousands of celebrities have had their names permanently banned from the new .xxx adults-only internet domain. El Reg can reveal that everyone from Justin Bieber to Piers Morgan has had their .xxx address placed into a permanent "reserved" status by the registry manager, ICM Registry. This means that …
Kevin Murphy, 24 Aug 2011
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Super Mario jumps on domain squatter

Nintendo has take control of the domain name SuperMario.com – fifteen years after it was first registered by a third party. The games company recently filed a cybersquatting complaint with the US National Arbitration Forum over the address, but the case was resolved before a formal hearing could be held as the previous owner …
Kevin Murphy, 03 Oct 2011
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Chinese company demands $38m, 'apology' from Apple

A Chinese trademark-infringement case against Apple's right to use the name "iPad" that has been rumbling along since October 2010 has taken another turn: the Shenzhen company involved in the imbroglio now wants Cupertino to be levied a $38m fine – and it wants an apology. "We are asking the court to order Apple to stop selling …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Feb 2012
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Chip maker cocks snook at Apple with IPAD family

You have to admire chip maker STMicroelectronics' cojones - or boggle at the company's seeming stupidity. It is promoting the word 'iPad' as both an acronym and a trademark. You'll note that, in the sentence above, we use Apple's capitalisation, and that's the way World+Dog writes it too. Not STMicro, which capitalises the lot …
Tony Smith, 21 Feb 2011
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Smut domain scores big bucks for not handling smut

Thousands of companies, far more than expected, are handing over hundreds of dollars each to block their brands in the new .xxx internet domain. According to ICM Registry, the company behind the adults-only extension, porn-shy firms have applied to defensively block more than 10,000 trademarks in just the first week of its " …
Kevin Murphy, 16 Sep 2011
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Hong Kong monitor maker sues Apple over iPad moniker

A struggling Hong Kong monitor manufacturer has come up with a not-so-novel way to dig itself out of financial trouble: sue Apple. Proview International, according to a report by The People's Daily, registered the iPad trademark outside of China in 2000. One division of the company, Proview Taipei, failed in its attempt to …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Oct 2010
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Dixons to flog off old 'brands' Miranda and Saisho

Struggling retailer Dixons Store Group has appointed an IP firm to flog off two of its now-defunct brands. Metis Partners is looking for offers for Saisho and Miranda. Saisho is offered with "goodwill in the brand and reputation", we're told. It also holds 16 international trademarks. Metis reckons Saisho has made £27m in …
John Oates, 18 May 2011
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Court forces bisexual budgie smuggling blogger to go down

Bisexual blogger, Dave Evans, has been ordered by an Australian Federal Court to shut down his websites because they featured swimwear manufacturer Speedo’s swimming costumes and domain names using the company's trademark. The manufacturer took Evans to the Federal Court, claiming his websites infringed trademarks and threatened …
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Hey, open sourcers: Who's your code's daddy?

So-called "pre-invention assignment agreements" are a rite of passage when joining a company. For an open-source developer, they may also be giving away the keys to an open-source project, as VMware's recent legal action against the founder of the Vert.x project shows. While there are compelling reasons (warning: PDF) to think …
Matt Asay, 14 Jan 2013