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EU court: No, expat Frenchman can't trademark France.com

An EU court has tried to forestall ongoing US legal proceedings by declaring that an expat Frenchman can’t trademark a logo containing the domain name France.com. The EU General Court, a division of the EU Court of Justice, ruled today that Jean-Noel Frydman’s company France.com Inc was not entitled to register the domain name …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jun 2018
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IP freely? What a wind-up! If only Trevor Baylis had patent protections inventors enjoy today

The late Trevor Baylis, inventor of the wind-up radio and veteran fighter for the intellectual property rights of designers, spent three decades defending his IP and demanding the UK government do more to protect small businesses from the blatant, rampant copyright theft that then existed. Baylis died in the London suburb of …
Marcus Gibson, 15 May 2018
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Trademark dispute by Dr Dre against Dr Drai the gynaecologist dismissed

A long-running trademark dispute between rapper Dr Dre and Dr Drai, gynaecologist and author of 20 Things You May Not Know About A Vagina, has been dismissed by the the US trademark office. The case was lodged in 2015 after Pennsylvania-based gynaecologist Draion M Burch attempted to trademark the name Dr Drai. But the …
Kat Hall, 9 May 2018

T-Mobile owner sends in legal heavies to lean on small Brit biz over use of 'trademarked' magenta

Updated T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom is making legal threats against a small British business – on the grounds that the German company has an exclusive trademark on a shade of the colour magenta. James Ridsdale, MD of Brighton-based business Datajar, said he was stunned after receiving a letter demanding he drop his own company's …
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Oracle demands dev tear down iOS app that has 'JavaScript' in its name

Oracle, claims developer Zhongmin Steven Guo, has demanded that Apple remove an app he created because it contains the trademarked term "JavaScript." The app in question, published by Guo's Tyanya Software LLC – which appears to be more a liability shield than a thriving software business – is titled "HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Apr 2018
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Basket case lawsuit: Fancy fruit florists flail Google over rotten ads, demand $200m damages

Google is being sued for more than $200m (£143m) by makers of fruit bouquets – because the web giant unfairly prioritized competitors' wares over their arty produce in search results, allegedly. Edible Arrangements – which specializes in crafting and delivering baskets of fruit cut to look like flowers – claimed that when …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Feb 2018
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Uber sued by Uber for tarnishing the good name of Uber

A Florida cloud computing provider named Uber Operations is suing its dial-a-ride namesake for trademark infringement. In a suit filed Tuesday to the Northern Florida US District court, the owners of Uber Operations claim their name's similarity to Uber Technologies Inc has caused them to receive thousands of unwanted calls, …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2017
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US judges say you can Google Google, but you can't google Google

Google has won the rights to keep its name a proper trademark after a US court found its search engine is not quite ubiquitous enough to be considered a generic term. The three-judge panel in the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the Mountain View advertising giant can keep the trademark it holds on "Google," …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2017

iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

In the never-ending effort by Apple to think higher of itself, the computer giant has opposed a trademark featuring the silhouette of a pear. Pear Technology, which produces digital mapping software and services, applied for the pear logo in 2014 and was almost immediately challenged by Apple, which claimed it was confusingly …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2017
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Court favours Nexsan over EMC in Unity trademark squabble

EMC will probably have to change the name of its Unity array, now that a court has found in favour of Nexsan's use of the trademark. Both companies market storage arrays branded Unity. Nexsan reckoned it filed its Unity trademark first and sued EMC for misusing it. EMC renamed its mid-range VNX/VNXe arrays Unity when it …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2017

Apple wets its pants over Swatch ad tagline

Apple's lawyers have got their knickers in a twist over an ad campaign by outdated watch company Swatch. The hapless legal-beagles are unhappy about use of the phrase "Tick Different" on a new ad for Swatch's Bellamy range of watches, which include NFC (near-field communication) chips and work with Visa to let you pay for …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Apr 2017
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Rivals' keyword marketing activity censured by High Court

Online marketing activity carried out separately by two rival bathroom retailers respectively infringed trade mark and passing off rights, the High Court in London has ruled. The case related to keyword advertising on Google's search engine by Victoria Plum and Victorian Plumbing. Keyword adverts appear when words an …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Nov 2016
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Cisco's OpenStack cloud drops Pokémon-clone name

Cisco has had to change the name of its Metapod OpenStack cloud-in-a-box, due to trademark problems. As we pointed out when Cisco launched the product, “MetaPod” is the name of a Pokémon. In late September, The Register learned that Cisco partners were saying that the Pokémon entanglement was creating problems and that the …

Let's Encrypt in trademark drama

The group behind the Let's Encrypt certificate authority (CA) says that its name could be in doubt thanks to rival CA Comodo Group. The Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) says that it is currently locked in a conflict with Comodo, who it claims is trying to trademark the "Let's Encrypt" name despite its previous filings …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2016

EU reforms could pave way for smells and noises to be trade-mark protected – expert

Reforms to EU trade mark laws finalised soon could open the way for non-conventional trade marks to be registered, like smells, noises and even music, an expert has said. The European Parliament backed a new directive designed to "approximate" the different national trade mark laws (70-page/538KB PDF), and a new regulation …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Dec 2015
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WATCH OUT! Amazon hauled back to court in Special Ops wristjob ding-dong

Appeals judges ruled on Monday that the Sultans of Seattle will have to go court over "the manner in which the website responded to a shopper's search request" for Multi Time Machine's (MTM) Special Ops watches. Revising the LA district court's summary judgment which dismissed MTM's suit, the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals …
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Even Uncle Sam admits: US patent law is whack

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is calling on the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to overhaul its rules on licensing intellectual property. In an open letter [PDF] to the PTO, the FTC called on its fellow organization to simplify patent law. "Clearer patent notice can encourage market participants to collaborate, …
Shaun Nichols, 7 May 2015

IBM drops patent bomb on Priceline.com

IBM is taking discount leisure travel service Priceline.com to court claiming patent infringement. The global systems giant alleges that Priceline infringed on four of IBM's patents in the running of its websites, among them restaurant reservation service OpenTable and travel-booking agent Kayak.com. Big Blue is seeking …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2015

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