Apple Never Trademarked ‘One More Thing’, Apparently

At big product events, right before unveiling something at the very end, Apple CEOs – first Steve Jobs and now Tim Cook – have used a certain phrase. You’ve probably heard of it. One more thing… That phrase is pretty…

Taylor Swift Is Reportedly Going After Etsy Sellers

If you’re thinking about painting “party likes it’s 1989” on a coffee mug and trying to sell it on Etsy, you might want to reconsider. Taylor Swift, or more specifically, Taylor Swift’s lawyers, are reportedly going after sellers on Etsy…

‘Bolt’ CEO Kindly Asks Facebook to Not Take Their Name

You may have heard that the Facebook-owned Instagram is possibly launching a Snapchat competitor – a one-tap photo messaging app likely called Bolt. I know there’s a lot of doubt built into that sentence, and that’s because the evidence for…

Google Is Trying to Trademark the Word ‘Glass’, Currently Having Some Issues

Google is attempting (and currently failing) to trademark the word ‘Glass’, in reference to their Google Glass wearable tech. Most of you will probably find joy in half of that statement. The United States Patent and Trademark Office is currently…

Bang with Friends, Zynga Settle Trademark Suit

Casual hook-up app Bang with Friends is probably not going to be called Bang with Friends for much longer, as it has reached a settlement with Zynga that will involve a “rebranding” effort. “Zynga Inc. and Bang With Friends, Inc.…

Facebook’s Timeline Lawsuit Must Go to Trial

A U.S. District Court Judge has ruled that a lawsuit between Facebook and Timelines.com will in fact go to trial, after denying Facebook’s notion that the trademark-infringement lawsuit should be killed due to overly-generic trademarks. Back in October of 2011,…

EFF Joins r/Gaymers’ Fight Against Trademark Holder

One reddit community, with the help of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is taking on a trademark holder who they say was wrongfully granted a trademark registration for a term that belongs in the public domain. Gaymer is a broad term…

“FUS RO DAH” Trademarked by ZeniMax Media

We all know, or should know, the pleasure of FUS RO DAH-ing a frost troll off High Hrothgar. Now ZeniMax Media is trademarking the famous dragon shout. In several trademark applications filed on April 4th ZeniMax Media, Inc., the parent…

Test Your Company’s Intellectual Property Awareness

A new online tool can help small companies and entrepreneurs evaluate their awareness of intellectual property and learn how to protect it. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark…

Judges Say No To “CrackBerry”!

Some Good news for BlackBerry branded product makers Research in Motion (RIM), the Trademark and trial appeal board has ruled that a gadget site cannot trademark the name, “CrackBerry”. Apparently, RIM requested that the trademark not be granted after the…