Articles about Trademarks


Apple said to threaten legal action over Steve Jobs doll

If you're a Jobsian fanboi jonesing for the recently announced Steve Jobs action figure, we have some bad news for you: Apple doesn't want you to have one. So reports The Telegraph, which says that the Chinese action-figure maker In Icons has received a letter from Cupertino's lawyers threatening legal action should the 12- …
Rik Myslewski, 6 Jan 2012

HTC wrestles with smutty outfit rival over new handset

A porn company has filed a cease-and-desist letter to phone-makers HTC, demanding that they change the name of their new smartphone, the HTC Vivid, by Monday. Vivid Entertainment, the LA based video-porn house famous for its celebrity sex tapes mostly recently staring Kim Kardashian, claimed in the letter that the Vivid …
Anna Leach, 17 Nov 2011
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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 …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Sep 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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Competition Czar weighs into copyright, trademarks

The European Commission has published its blueprint on IP, in a document with suggestions for orphan works, music licensing, trademarks, counterfeiting and online liabilities. The Commission wants multi-territory licensing of music rights, rather than forcing users of copyright (in the traditional sense) to negotiate country …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 May 2011
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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
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Up to $650 for a .xxx domain - or to keep your name off one

Pornographers and brand owners can expect to pay between $75 and $650 to register .xxx domain names, newly published registrar pricing schemes have revealed. Trademark owners concerned about having their brands associated with online pornography may be hit especially hard by the forthcoming domain launch, according to reports …
Kevin Murphy, 16 May 2011
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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 …
John Oates, 13 May 2011
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Huawei smacks ZTE with patent and trademark lawsuits

Updated 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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Samsung countersues Apple on new ground

Samsung has countersued Apple in response to the raft of patent- and trademark-infringment lawsuits that Cupertino launched against it earlier this week. But the Korean electronics giant isn't fighting back against Apple's allegations that it appropriated the iPhone and iPad's look-and-feel. Instead, it's mounting its …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Apr 2011
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Microsoft to Apple: 'Oh, yeah? Well, your font is too small'

Microsoft has filed another legal salvo at Apple in the ongoing dust-up over whether the term "App Store" is worthy of being trademarked. Microsoft's latest argument? That the font Apple used in its response to Redmond's opposition to the trademark application was too small. Seriously. We can't make this stuff up. Microsoft …
Rik Myslewski, 9 Mar 2011
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Apple to Microsoft: 'App Store name is not generic'

Apple has shot back at Microsoft's attack on Cupertino's attempt to trademark the term "App Store", saying that Redmond's argument is based on "out-of-context and misleading snippets of material printed by its outside counsel from the internet." Ah, those stupid, stupid outside counsels and that stupid, stupid internet. …
Rik Myslewski, 2 Mar 2011
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Grey marketing is great - if you're the importer...

Opinion Let's face it: those of us who are in the distribution channel (and that means the distribution channel for absolutely anything, not just tech goods) are in a bit of a bind when we start to discuss grey or parallel imports. For we're absolutely outraged at the idea that anyone might try to bring in cheaper versions from other …
Tim Worstall, 13 Dec 2010
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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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Ryanair wins because of £322 ad revenue

A website criticising airline Ryanair must surrender its domain name to the Irish carrier because it broke the policies governing the use of others' trademarks in addresses by earning money from commercial links on the site. An appointed expert for Nominet, which is responsible for .uk domain names, has ruled that …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Oct 2010
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Apple trade marks 'There's an app for that'

Apple has managed to get a US trade mark on "There's an app for that", at least with reference to retailing of applications for use on electronic devices. The phrase does feature prominently in Apple's advertising, and already has a life of its own as a joke punchline and editor's easy headline option, but now anyone using it …
Bill Ray, 12 Oct 2010
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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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Bidding for rivals' AdWords can be infringement, sometimes

A company can stop other companies using its trademarks to trigger search engine adverts if those adverts do not allow a web user to tell which company is behind the ads, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said. Europe's top court has confirmed a previous ruling and has said that the use of someone else's trade marks as ' …
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Jul 2010

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