Trademark. Legal news and articles for February 23 - 24, 2012

Motorola, Proview, Michael Jordan: Intellectual PropertyApple's China legal battle over iPad spreads to USMotorola Mobility, Proview, Jordan, Astrolabe: Intellectual PropertyApple's China legal battle over iPad spreads to USProminent White-Collar Criminal Defense Litigator Daniel Rubinstein, and ...Michael Jordan Slams Chinese RetailerThe (Slight) Democratization of Trademark ContestsJeremy Lin's Name Trademarked in China Two Years AgoJeremy Lin Wants to Trademark the Word 'Linsanity'Michael Jordan Sues A Chinese Company For Ripping Off His NameCarlynsanity: a quest for a trademarkSoaring Patent Fees: Should CFOs Object?Shame on You, Trademark HoldersApple IPad Trademark Fight Unveils Bank of China as OpponentMichael Jordan Files Reputation Rights Case in China

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BOSS and BASS in a battle of the beers
International Law OfficeFebruary 6, 2012

The applicant filed an application for the word mark BOSS with the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office in Class 32 for beers and non-alcoholic beverages, including mineral water. An opposition was filed on behalf of the owner of the BASS word and ...more »

US Patent Law Retains Key Differences with Europe and Canada
Genetic Engineering NewsFebruary 9, 2012

... US patent law will still hold to sharp differences compared to key areas of the world when it comes to prior user rights, pregrant examination, and postgrant review. Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan were studied by the US Patent & Trademark...more »

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Motorola, Proview, Michael Jordan: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 24, 2012

“They should protect the interest of the trademark holder in compliance with China law. We will appeal.” Apple says it purchased Proview's iPad trademark in China in 2009 and sued Proview over the rights in 2010 in the Shenzhen Intermediate People's ...more »

Apple's China legal battle over iPad spreads to US
Baltimore SunFebruary 24, 2012

Legal experts say the onus is on companies looking to do business in China to understand how China's trademark law works, as it differs greatly from that of the United States. Industry executives have said employing special-purpose entities to acquire ...more »

Motorola Mobility, Proview, Jordan, Astrolabe: Intellectual Property
BloombergFebruary 24, 2012

“They should protect the interest of the trademark holder in compliance with China law. We will appeal.” Apple says it purchased Proview's iPad trademark in China in 2009 and sued Proview over the rights in 2010 in the Shenzhen Intermediate People's ...more »

Apple's China legal battle over iPad spreads to US
ReutersFebruary 24, 2012

Legal experts say the onus is on companies looking to do business in China to understand how China's trademark law works, as it differs greatly from that of the United States. Industry executives have said employing special-purpose entities to acquire ...more »

Prominent White-Collar Criminal Defense Litigator Daniel Rubinstein, and ...
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 23, 2012

23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Winston & Strawn LLP announced today that nationally recognized criminal defense attorney Daniel D. Rubinstein, as well as noted technology, media and intellectual property litigator Paul D. McGrady, Jr., have joined its ...more »

Michael Jordan Slams Chinese Retailer
Wall Street JournalFebruary 23, 2012

Qiaodan Sports said it has the exclusive right to the Qiaodan trademark and is operating "in accordance with Chinese laws." A Qiaodan Sports spokesman declined further comment Thursday. "I feel the need to protect my name, my identity, and the Chinese ...more »

The (Slight) Democratization of Trademark Contests
JD Supra (press release)February 23, 2012

What is the purpose of trademark law? To prevent unfair competition by (a) providing assurance that goods/services are of a certain quality/consistency, and, critically, (b) assisting consumers in making purchasing decisions.more »

Jeremy Lin's Name Trademarked in China Two Years Ago
Minyanville.comFebruary 23, 2012

Ok, maybe not, but Lin has filed a trademark application for the word “Linsanity.” Mainly, this comes in response to attempts by two California men to preempt him on the trademark (think of it as an equally opportunistic but slightly less venal version ...more »

Jeremy Lin Wants to Trademark the Word 'Linsanity'
SLAM OnlineFebruary 23, 2012

'We're prepared to enforce his intellectual property rights,” Pamela M. Deese, a partner in the law firm Arent Fox LLP, said in a telephone interview, confirming that she had filed the application on Lin's behalf. Trademark applications generally take ...more »

Michael Jordan Sues A Chinese Company For Ripping Off His Name
Business InsiderFebruary 23, 2012

Good excuse for me to actually track down the specific legal foundation at play here. Basketball legend Michael Jordan has filed suit in a Chinese court against Qiaodan Sports Company Limited, a Chinese sportswear and footwear manufacturer, ...more »

Carlynsanity: a quest for a trademark
BusinessWorld Online EditionFebruary 23, 2012

I log on to its Web site, find the trademark database and type in "Carlynsanity." Joyous news: Nothing comes up. Another search tells me there is one active trademark for "Carlyn," covering bathroom fixtures. Because US law requires that all trademarks...more »

Soaring Patent Fees: Should CFOs Object?
CIOFebruary 23, 2012

Through the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which became law last September, the US Patent and Trademark Office was "entrusted with the authority to work with the IP stakeholder community to set our fees through the regulatory process," as this letter ...more »

Shame on You, Trademark Holders
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 23, 2012

“Trademarks are meant to protect your image, so it doesn't really help to look like you're coming down hard on the little guy,” Wendy Seltzer, a Yale Law School fellow who founded Chillingeffects.org, told Loten. But shaming tactics can backfire.more »

Apple IPad Trademark Fight Unveils Bank of China as Opponent
BusinessWeekFebruary 23, 2012

When we signed, Apple dispatched a lot of famous lawyers in front of me, very big law firms.” Mai was outside counsel for Proview at the time and no longer represents the company, he said in a Feb. 17 phone interview. A copy of a business card from ...more »

Michael Jordan Files Reputation Rights Case in China
Business InsiderFebruary 23, 2012

I'm not sure whether an unfair competition claim will be added or whether a separate cancellation action(s) will be necessary. What will Jordan need to prove here? Well, evidence of his reputation will be quite easy. This goes back at least to 1984 in ...more »

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