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Star Wars and Patents

The number of patents that Lucasfilm owns makes them an impressive FORCE (bad pun intended) in intellectual property.  They have filed a lot of...
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Donald Trump and the USPTO

What is the Future of the USPTO after President-elect Trump Takes Office? Donald Trump is a man of many hats.  Not only figuratively speaking, but...

Zynga and Facebook sign Pact for 5 years

Zynga Networks has filed a trademark application on May 12th which was assigned the serial number - 85037169. This application was filed with description as noted here, "Computer game software; video game programs; and computer software platforms for social networking; interactive video game programs; downloadable electronic game programs and computer software platforms for social networking that may be accessed via the internet, computers and wireless devices; computer software to enable uploading, posting, showing, displaying, tagging, blogging, sharing or otherwise providing electronic media or information in the fields of virtual communities...."
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Super Bowl LI: Patriots v. Falcons

The Big Game for 2017 is finally here! Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 marks the date of Super Bowl LI.  This year’s Super Bowl is...

Yahoo’s Patent Portfolio Is Up For Sale With A Pretty Big Price Tag

Financially ailing Yahoo, presently entertaining bids to sell its Web and Asian assets, has in its financial arsenal technology patents valued as high as...

HP Networking announced

Not to be left behind, Cisco recently filed as many as 6 new trademark applications in the months of March and April. One of them was the application filed for the mark, CISCO UMI bearing serial number, 77969002 and description; "Telecommunication services; video and audio conferencing services; Internet services."

Bank of America is refused Trademark Application for “ART IN OUR COMMUNITIES”

Bank of America has now received the first Office Action for the Trademark Application "ART IN OUR COMMUNITIES" bearing serial number 85007327. A descriptive mark is often issued a Section 2(e)(1) refusal as the applied-for mark merely describes a feature or function of applicant’s services.
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Big Mouse in the House: Disney Trademark Oppositions

Hiya, pal! Good to see ya! Walt Disney has undeniably created some of the most iconic fictional characters of today.  (Dare I say ever?)...

The WWE Protects Its Champs- The Nexus Between Wrestling And Trademarks

On Tuesday, April 27, 2010, a U.S. federal trademark registration number 85024299 was filed for DARREN YOUNG by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. with the description Entertainment services, namely wrestling exhibitions and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer; entertainment services, namely wrestling competitor on an on-going reality based television program; providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network.
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Revolt Against the Bolts!: Los Angeles Chargers Face Opposition

In January 2017 the Chargers announced they were moving back to where it all began, Los Angeles.  Even though San Diego had been the...

Legalzoom and EhealthInsurance’s partnership

Legalzoom appears to have abandoned its recent trademark application filed in November of 2009. This application seems to be abandoned on the applicant (Legalzoom's) express request as per the latest USPTO update. The mark contained the figure of a ice cube with the first aid kit sign of a plus on it bearing application number 77880320.
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Harley-Davidson sues Urban Outfitters for $2 Million

Harley-Davidson sues multinational clothing company Urban Outfitters.  Feel like deja vu to anyone?  Probably because this isn’t the first time Harley-Davidson has sued Urban...

EA reveals Online Pass System

The marks of "DARKSPORE" have 4 applications with serial numbers of 85028521, 85028524, 85028528, 85028531. These applications were all filed by Vineeta Gajwani listed correspondent contact of Electronic Arts Inc., in the classes of goods and services of Entertainment services, namely, providing on-line computer games; Action figures; Board games; Hand held units; also, Caps; Jackets; and finally, Computer game software respectively.

Stefano Gabbana’s Knock-Off Frenzy on Instagram

Stefano Gabbana, co-owner of  the high-fashion brand, Dolce & Gabbana, posted five consecutive Instagram posts of  potential trademark infringers just yesterday. Potential infringers include: "Dance...

Nivea Lip Care No More

Do we see a new name for Nivea lip balms this year? What happened to making "...2010 a Year of Love, Hugs and Kisses"?

Amazon files trademark applications for mark “AMAZON CROSSING”

The next application bearing serial number - 85043858 was seen filed with description, "Fiction and non-fiction books on a variety of topics; general feature magazines; newspapers on a variety of topics; newspapers and photographs of general interest; journals, periodicals, and newsletters on a variety of topics. " Both these applications were filed in different categories of goods - the former under the category of Computer & Software Products & Electrical & Scientific Products and the latter under; Paper Goods and Printed Material.

Apple announces iPhone 4, uses iOS and FACETIME trademarks for new iPhone

Today is an interesting and memorable day for FaceTime. Earlier, Apple introduced their next generation iPhone and announced that it will use "FaceTime" as the trademark for its new video calling application...Our agreement with Apple to transfer the FaceTime trademark to them comes as we are rebranding our company to better reflect our capabilities.

Recently Filed Trademarks – March 2016

INNOVATUS Wine Read more EPAYMENT Electronic cash transactions Read more KNC BEAUTY Cosmetic masks; Cosmetic preparations; Cosmetics; Non-medicated lip care preparations Read more EBANK Electronic cash transactions Read more CM CONTINUE MISSION Charitable...
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Litigious One You Are Lucasfilm

On December 16, 2016 Disney is releasing a new Star Wars film titled "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”   While this movie is not...

Apple abandons Trademark filings of “VISUAL ALMANAC”, “MPW” and “TOKENTALK”

The application of VISUAL ALMANAC filed with number 73755058 was cancelled on grounds of section 8 thus leaving it open to the majority of the public to use the mark for their goods or services.

Google Earns Patent For Driverless Delivery Truck

  What’s interesting about Google’s  U.S. patent for a self-driving package delivery truck is that the truck not only does not need a driver to...

Apple Patent Whispers Potential For Earbud Improvements

Apple is the conductor of the new generation of music directing the way music is published, purchased and consumed. With music running through Apple's...

WWE files Trademark Application for INSIDE OUT

All the applications bearing serial numbers 85043693, 85043763, 85043954, 85043967, and 85043974 were filed with descriptions as diverse as production and distribution of motion pictures to Toy action figures and accessories to Hangtags and even Clothing, namely, tops, jackets, bottoms, underwear, pajamas!

Cisco files Trademark Application “CISCO FOCALPOINT”

In light of this new trademark application, it appears Cisco has plans in the pipeline to develop a video sharing network as well. Can we expect that announcement by the quarter's end?

Advance Magazine abandons trademarks, “SNEAK IT IN” and “OMBUDSMAN”

The application for the mark, "SNEAK IT IN" bearing US serial number 76668327 was filed with the description - Cookbooks and newsletters concerning cooking and nutrition.

Apple ‘s trademark application for iTUNES DOWNLOAD receives refusal

Apple's mark "TUESDAY 9" is yet to be assigned to an examiner for review. The mark "TUESDAY 9" was filed by Computer software for personal information management, data synchronization and sharing, automated reminders, and event scheduling and was assigned the serial number 85033749.

Apple files for trademark protection for Retail Outlet

The trademark applications with serial numbers 85036990 and 85036986 were filed for two sketches - one in full color and the other in black and white with the description, "Retail store services featuring computers, computer software, computer peripherals, mobile phones, consumer electronics and related accessories, and demonstration of products relating thereto."

Yahoo! files trademark application for “Its You” expression

So last week Yahoo! filed for a US trademark application bearing serial number 85005198 and filed with the description, promoting the goods and services of others by providing hypertext links to the web sites of others in the fields of news, weather, sports, current events, and reference materials; providing information in the field of national and international political news.
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Top 3 IP Cases to Watch in India – 2017

Today we turn our attention to the Indian subcontinent to round out our series on top IP cases. Toyota v. Prius Auto: Delhi High Court reverses...
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Bully in the Bully Pulpit: Trump’s Trademark Oppositions

“Donald Trump is a bully.” Boy, if I had a dollar every time I heard that... I’d have some TRUMP MONEY. (Bad pun intended.)...

Warner Bros files Trademark Applications for “SCRIBBLENAUTS”

The other applications for the same mark "SCRIBBLENAUTS" were filed under Clothing for men, women and children bearing serial number 85043160, another filed under Toys and sporting goods assigned serial number 85043164

Bank of America files “Advisor Alliance” trademark

The TEAS Plus application was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office with the description, "Financial administration of retirement plans; Financial planning for retirement; Financial portfolio management; Investment advice. " under the category of Insurance and Financial Services. The mark was filed as an Intent to Use Application so quite likely that one may notice a certain service by name of this mark being rolled out in the near future.

Netflix’s Qwikster Quickly Stirs Up Competition

On Monday, September 19, 2011 Netflix Inc. applied for trademark protection on the name and logo of their new company, Qwikster. The applications were...

Apple files iTunes Live Trademark

Coming back to the mark of “iTunes Live” (see image up top) the application was filed under two separate classes with the following descriptions; - Online retail store services in the field of entertainment featuring prerecorded musical, audio and audiovisual content - Entertainment services, namely, arranging and conducting of concerts and live musical performances.

PETA Claims That A Monkey Owns The Copyright For This Selfie

This animal rights organization isn't monkeying around. PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has filed a federal lawsuit pushing for a monkey to receive the...

Top Trademark Attorneys

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is a government agency and a branch in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The primary role...
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IP Legislation Wish List for 2017

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article represent that of the author and the contributors who have been quoted, and are not the official...

Apple Files Trademark Application for iTunes Kit

The "TUNEKIT" application has been assigned the serial number - 85031150 and was filed with the description; Computer software to enable users to program and distribute audio, video, text and other multimedia content via communications networks.

Apple and Amazon – Faceoff

Apple's iBooks application and iBookstore directly compete with Amazon's Kindle e-reader in price, and better features. Of "the 32 eBooks featured in the New York...

Top 10 Trademark Filers in 2015

Trademarkia just published the top trademark filers in 2015 with LG Electronics Inc. at #1 with 617 marks filed. See what other companies filed the most...