Trademark. Legal news and articles for February 21 - 22, 2012

UDRP: Abusive Supplemental Filings in the case of AutoOwnersInsurance.comIn Google Age, Trademarks Gain ImportanceApple fights in Shanghai court for right to sell iPadsCompany sues Apple over iPad name in ShanghaiBranson wins right to own porn web address featuring his nameRambus, J&J, Geico, Microsoft, Pernod-Ricard, Puzo: Intellectual Property'Linsanity' hits US trademark officeMe Tarzan. You...trademark infringer?The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200Trademarks Take On New Importance in Internet EraAs quickly as it began, the whiskey war is overChina Faces Conflict of Law, BusinessTrans-Pacific Partnership Proposes Copyright Suppression of Price CompetitionApple's legal woes in China offer hope to rivalsBalancing Act to Hurt Pandora

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Terminated Franchisee Liable for Counterfeiting Marks
Blue MauMauFebruary 1, 2012

In highlighting last week's decision, franchisor attorneys Wiley Rein, LLP cautions that most franchisors are aware of federal and state laws that can be invoked in protecting trademark infringement, but they may not be familiar with counterfeiting ...more »

Motorola Mobility, Nikon, MSF, EFF: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 6, 2012

Google is buying Motorola Mobility to gain mobile patents and expand its hardware business. Google's Android is also the operating system for smartphones made by companies such as HTC Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. that compete with Apple's iPhone.more »

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UDRP: Abusive Supplemental Filings in the case of AutoOwnersInsurance.com
Domain Name NewsFebruary 22, 2012

Although NAF has its notorious Supplemental Rule 7, NAF panels have held that SR 7 is controlled by Policy Paragraph 12 (“[T]he controlling provision is Paragraph 12 of ICANN's Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the “Rules”), ...more »

In Google Age, Trademarks Gain Importance
HispanicBusiness.comFebruary 22, 2012

For small companies, the cost of fighting a trademark battle can go beyond dollars and cents. "The big companies will do this to rough up their competitors," said Barton Beebe, a professor at the New York University Law School who specializes in ...more »

Apple fights in Shanghai court for right to sell iPads
Contra Costa TimesFebruary 22, 2012

Cupertino-based Apple defended its right to use the trademark in China and said Proview had no ability to produce or sell its own device under the same name. "Proview has no product, no markets, no customers and no suppliers. It has nothing," Hu Jinnan ...more »

Company sues Apple over iPad name in Shanghai
Fort Worth Star TelegramFebruary 22, 2012

"The agreement to sell the trademark is not valid under Chinese law." Proview is suing to have Apple stop selling the iPad in China under that name. It has also sought to have commercial authorities in many cities order sales to stop.more »

Branson wins right to own porn web address featuring his name
Out-Law.comFebruary 22, 2012

The Directive also permits EU member states to draw up national laws giving extra protection to trade mark owners who possess a reputation in that country if others' use of similar or identical signs for similar or identical purposes "without due cause ...more »

Rambus, J&J, Geico, Microsoft, Pernod-Ricard, Puzo: Intellectual Property
BloombergFebruary 22, 2012

Trademark Microsoft's Russian Trademark Dispute Goes to Court April 11. Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s trademark-infringement suit related to its “Windows” trademark is to be heard April 11 in Moscow Commercial Court, the Russian Legal Information Agency ...more »

'Linsanity' hits US trademark office
China DailyFebruary 22, 2012

"If Jeremy comes in with a big law firm they won't be able to hang with him," Krugman said. Toronto lawyer Javad Heydary said even Lin himself "would have to hire lawyers to assert a legal claim to the Linsanity trademark", even though the word has ...more »

Me Tarzan. You...trademark infringer?
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 21, 2012

So the Burroughs heirs included only two copyright infringement claims in last week's suit, both based on English law. Instead, the suit is based on alleged trademark infringement and unfair competition on several of ERB's trademarks.more »

The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The Am Law DailyFebruary 21, 2012

Bruehs specializes in patent prosecution covering technologies related to chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical and cosmetic products, and nanotechnology. Cummings, meanwhile, focuses on patent prosecution and litigation in the realms of ...more »

Trademarks Take On New Importance in Internet Era
CNBC.comFebruary 21, 2012

For example, Apple, For small companies, the cost of fighting a trademark battle can go beyond dollars and cents. “The big companies will do this to rough up their competitors,” said Barton Beebe, a professor at the New York University Law School who ...more »

As quickly as it began, the whiskey war is over
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 21, 2012

Kenneth Port, a trademark and intellectual property professor at the William Mitchell School of Law in St. Paul, said he was not surprised by the announcement. "Only 1 1/2 percent of these cases reach trial," Port said in an interview Tuesday.more »

China Faces Conflict of Law, Business
CIO TodayFebruary 21, 2012

But Proview has a strong case under Chinese trademark law. Chinese officials face a choice in Apple's dispute with a local company over the iPad trademark -- side with a struggling entity that a court says owns the name or with a global brand that has ...more »

Trans-Pacific Partnership Proposes Copyright Suppression of Price Competition
International IP and the Public InterestFebruary 21, 2012

When the courts uniformly held that trademark law could not be used to prevent arbitrage where the product was the very same genuine good to which the trademark owner had affixed its trademark, creative lawyers turned to the Copyright Act. The first ...more »

Apple's legal woes in China offer hope to rivals
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 21, 2012

By Lee Chyen Yee and Huang Yuntao HONG KONG, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Apple Inc's legal fight over its iPad trademark in China creates a window of opportunity for rivals such as Lenovo Group Ltd and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd as they try to chip away at the ...more »

Balancing Act to Hurt Pandora
Wall Street JournalFebruary 21, 2012

Excluding the campaign, analysts said, Pandora's forecast points to strong consumer interest in the company's trademark charm bracelets. The company expects underlying 2012 sales growth in the mid single-digits percentage range, boosted by continued ...more »

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