All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Trademark’

Amazon Search Results Could Be ‘Confusing’ Says Court

Amazon Search Results Could Be ‘Confusing’ Says Court

If you head over to Amazon and search for MTM watches, you’ll find plenty of results … for Casio watches, Luminox watches, and Suunto watches. Amazon doesn’t sell MTM watches, yet it returns over 50 results for that search. According to MTM (Multi Time Machine Inc.) and now an appeals court, this could constitute a trademark violation. MTM, makers of …

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I Can’t Breathe: Rapper Offends Many With Phrase; Woman Tries to Trademark It

When Eric Garner of New York died in July after being placed in a chokehold by police, he never could have imagined that his last words would end up being a marketed phrase. I Can’t Breathe. After the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death was not acquitted, many people took up the phrase as a rallying cry, a …

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Pitbull Sues Spirits Company Over Vodka Recipe

Pitbull is suing the E. & J. Winery & New Amsterdam Spirits Company for naming their new vodka recipe the ‘Pit Bull.’ The rapper trademarked his name back in 2000 and alleges that the company has been using his trademark in their efforts to promote the alcoholic beverage. The drink is made up of 2 parts New Amsterdam vodka, 1/2 …

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Jury Awards Apple $290 Million In Samsung Lawsuit

The AFP and the San Jose Mercury News reported an important update today on the lawsuit between Apple and Samsung: an eight-person jury from Silicon Valley has awarded Apple $290 million for Samsung’s apparent copying of iPhone and iPad designs, which it used in 13 devices. This latest award brings Apple’s total damages up to a staggering $900 million from …

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Half-Life 3 Trademark News Turns Out To Be A Hoax

Maybe one day, we can look back on these developments and laugh as we start our umpteenth playthrough of Half-Life 3. Until that time, the safest approach is to take every piece of news concerning Valve’s seminal game with the biggest grain of salt you can get your hands on, even if the news comes from directly from Valve (see …

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Reddit’s Gaymer Community Wins Trademark Fight

After a months-long legal fight involving a site owner, one reddit community, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the term “gaymer” is no longer trademarked. The reddit community r/gaymers has won their fight against a “gaymer” trademark, held by gaymer.org operator Chris Vizzini. Back in August, 2012, Vizzini sent a cease and desist letter to reddit’s r/gaymers requesting that the subreddit …

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Facebook Doesn’t Want Third-Party Apps Using ‘Insta’ Or ‘Gram’ In Their Names

Instagram is no longer allowing third-party apps that provide additional functionality to its product to have the words (or partial words) “Insta” or “Gram” in them. The Facebook-owned company has changed its brand guidelines to reflect this mentality. An Instagram spokesperson tells WebProNews, “All uses of the Instagram brand need to be in accordance with our branding guidelines.” Here’s the …

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Sweden Axes the Word ‘Ungoogleable’ After Google Intervenes

Google has successfully pressured the Swedish Language Council to remove a new word because it risks turning “google” into a generic term. It’s a testament to Google’s dominance that most people simply say “google it” when they really mean “search it.” Because of this market domination, it’s completely understandable that a word like “ogooglebar” would emerge in the Swedish language. …

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Google Updates AdWords Trademark Policy

Google announced some updates to its AdWords trademark policy. Beginning on April 23, AdWords keywords that were restricted as a result of a trademark investigation will no longer be restricted in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Brazil. “While we will not prevent the use of trademarks as keywords in the affected regions, trademark owners …

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This ‘iphone’ From Brazil Runs Android, Much To Apple’s Chagrin

Most of us know the iPhone to be Apple’s prized smartphone – the device that ushered in the current mobile era we’re experiencing. Unfortunately for Apple, a different company has the rights to the “IPHONE” name in Brazil. That company is IGB EletrĂ´nica SA (Gradiente), and it applied for the “IPHONE” trademark all the back in 2000. Apple released its …

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Facebook Goes to Trial with Timelines.com this April, Thinks Defeat Is Improbable

Facebook will go to trial to defend their “Timeline” in April. Facebook’s Annual Report filing with the SEC revealed that the case, Timelines, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc., will go to trial on April 22nd of this year. In 2011, Timelines Inc., owners of Timelines.com, sued Facebook over the “Timeline” name. At that point, Facebook was just coming off of the …

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