All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Trademark’

The iWatch Doesn’t Exist, But Apple’s Getting Sued Over It

Apple is getting sued over its iWatch. You may have not noticed anything wrong with that sentence, and to be honest it’s hard to fault you if you didn’t. Apple’s smartwatch is actually called the Apple Watch, but hey – it should’ve been the iWatch, right? Anyway, the iWatch doesn’t exist. But Apple is still facing legal action over it. …

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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 Eletrônica 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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Apple Bans “Memory” from App Store, Cites German Trademark [REPORT]

If you’re currently developing an app for Apple’s App Store, you may want to refrain from including the word “memory” in the title. It may save you a major headache down the road. According to a report from Gamasutra, Apple is sending out notices to some app developers that let them know that their games or apps with the word …

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Apple Sues Online Grocery Store Over Its Logo

Apple is ridiculously protective of its trademarks and patents. That much should be clear by now. The company will drag you to court if you so much have a single element in common with its own devices. One could argue that Apple was within their right to sue other electronic companies like Samsung, but their latest legal assault might be …

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Microsoft Ditches “Metro” Name For Windows 8 UI

Ever since Microsoft revealed Windows 8 to the world, we have referred to the new interface as “Metro.” It was assumed that the name would stick since we’re this close to launch and Microsoft haven’t announced a change yet. That assumption has turned out wrong. The Verge got a hold of an internal memo that said the Metro name would …

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Anonymous Announces #OpAnonTrademark In Retaliation To French eBay Store

Well, that didn’t take long. Earlier today, we brought you a story of how one French retailer had trademarked the Anonymous logo for his own use. He is using the faceless man logo and the slogan on a variety of t-shirts at the moment, but that could expand to other products. I guessed that it wouldn’t be long before Anonymous …

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Will Anonymous Allow Their Logo To Be Trademarked?

The Anonymous logo is one of the defining images of our generation. Whether you agree with them or not, Anonymous has had a profound impact on the Internet. That’s why it’s interesting that Anonymous hasn’t tried to monetize their image. Of course, it could be that a French online retailer beat them to it. Twitter user @asher_wolf spotted a trademark …

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Anthony Davis’ Unibrow Gets Trademarked

During the last season of college basketball, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis made the unibrow popular with sports fans, so much so, in fact, it went well beyond Kentucky fans. In fact, some might say the Player of Year in college basketball took shame out of such facial hair and made it socially acceptable, at least judging by all the “Brow Down” …

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London Olympics Protesters Suspended From Twitter

As you might expect, not everyone in England is welcoming the Olympics with open arms. So much so, in fact, there’s an official protest movement which can be found at ProtestLondon2012.com. This “Official Protesters” collective is overseen by a group called the Space Hijackers. For those who are unaware, the Space Hijackers refer to themselves as anarchitects, and their state …

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Legal Concerns Loom with ICANN’s Upcoming gTLDs

ICANN’s controversial decision to open up the market for domain name endings is about to get even stickier as the registration process nears its deadline. According to numerous analysts, there will be an outburst of legal issues after the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) applicants are revealed to the public. The application window was scheduled to close April 12th, but …

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Apple May Change the English Language With the IPad

Did you know that aspirin was once a brand name? So was heroin, the escalator, thermos, yo-yo, and the zipper. All were new products at one time or another, and all of them became so engrained in American culture and our collective lexicon that they were deemed too generic to be referred to as brands anymore. Branding experts are saying …

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Chick-Fil-A Bullies Man Over Trademark Nonsense, Man Fights Back

The idea of protecting one’s trademark has merit, provided the trademark in question is actually in danger of being diluted. It’s understandable that Nike would want to stop another shoe company from selling cheaper shoes with a Swoosh logo on it, but sometimes, companies overstep their boundaries and make fools of themselves, much like Chick-Fil-A is currently doing. What we …

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Facebook Protects Name And Brand

Did they really think Facebook wouldn’t notice? FacebookOfSex.com (previously owned by FriendFinder Networks) was able to live for about a year and had over four million visitors before Facebook was able to get the rogue domain shut down recently. Facebook now owns the rights to the domain name and has been very busy protecting its name and brand against several …

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Proview Seeks $2 Billion From Apple In U.S. Courts

The legal drama between Apple and Proview just got more interesting. As we previously reported, Proview, a small Chinese company that makes monitors, claims to own the iPad trademark in China. Apple claims to have bought the trademark a few years ago when they first began selling the iPad. It got worse when Proview sought an injunction against the import …

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Apple’s Stock Drops After Proview Trademark Troubles

How big is Apple? Their individual share price is above $500. Well, it used to be. Now it’s gone below $500 a share. What could have caused this? A tiny Chinese company that is giving Apple a big headache. We reported earlier this week that Proview, a Chinese display manufacturer, holds the trademark to the iPad name. The Shenzhen Intermediate …

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iPad Sales in China Could Be Affected By Trademark Suit

Did you know there was a tablet computer called the I-Pad nearly a decade ago? It was marketed by a Taiwanese company called Proview Technology, though it wasn’t quite as successful as the “iPad” you may be more familiar with. Proview reportedly registered trademarks for the IPAD name in the EU, China, Mexico, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam …

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Facebook Timeline Faces Legal Obstacle

Facebook announced its new Timeline feature at its f8 developer event last month. The Facebook timeline replaces the current Facebook profile, and is designed to let Facebook users share their whole lives on Facebook, or at least as much as they like. You can go back and add in events from any year of your life. Facebook has not rolled …

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Apple iCloud Sued by iCloud Communications

A week ago today Apple’s iCloud was unveiled at their Worldwide Developers Conference which, according to Steve Jobs, will serve as the “center of your digital life.” Before it was even revealed at WWDC, the cloud service had already drawn an antitrust complaint. And now you can add a trademark lawsuit to the list. iCloud Communications is a VoIP company …

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