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May 2, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
When the last Jungle Cruise boat docks for the night and lights fade to black on Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the real work begins. At lush Pixie Hollow, gardeners don miner's headlamps as they begin uprooting stubborn weeds. On Main Street, custodians scrape chewing gum off the sidewalk. And over at Mickey's Toontown, painters sand and recoat chipped handrails. Few see it happen, except perhaps for the dozens of feral cats that emerge from their hiding places to prowl the park after hours, stalking rodents.
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April 15, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Shawne Merriman once knocked four opposing players unconscious during a single high school football game. Can Nike make such a claim? Doubt it. Yet, the company is using "Lights Out" -- the nickname Merriman says he earned after that game -- as the name of one of its athletic apparel lines. That strikes a nerve with the former NFL star, who used the nickname throughout his career and performed a celebratory dance of the same name after sacks. And he's doing something about it. On Monday a lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of Merriman's Lights Out Holdings LLC against Nike for trademark infringement and unfair competition.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
The Cronut, that magical round of puffy and creamy pastry, seems to have gone and made things official with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Cronut name shows up on a registration certificate marked with Tuesday's date, filed in New York by Dominique Ansel. That's the guy who once served as executive pastry chef at upscale eatery Daniel and now owns the eponymous Soho bakery where, this spring, the Cronut was born. The half-croissant, half-doughnut concoction -- once described by the Los Angeles Times as “ proprietary laminated dough that is proofed then fried in grapeseed oil at a specific temperature” before being rolled in sugar, injected with cream and then glazed -- has legions of fans.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 1986 | TERRY ATKINSON
"TINDERBOX." Siouxsie & the Banshees. Geffen. This first Banshees LP since 1984's "Hyaena" hasn't that album's fascinating sideshows, but "Tinderbox" has its own charms. It continues and furthers singer-writer Siouxsie Sioux's comparative softening of her sound without ever giving a sense of commercial compromise. There are eight strong examples of this English band's trademark exotica, including the single released several months ago, "Cities in Dust."
BUSINESS
June 13, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Punky apparel chain Hot Topic Inc. is getting raked over the coals by rock 'n' roll queen bee Joan Jett, whose Blackheart Records Group Inc. is accusing the clothier of ripping off the Blackheart name for a new lingerie line. Blackheart sued Hot Topic in Manhattan federal court this week, taking issue with the skull-and-crossbones-emblazoned panties and snake-print push-up bras the mall staple recently began selling under its own Blackheart label. Marketing efforts from the City of Industry-based fashion brand “were geared towards trading off the substantial goodwill associated” with Jett's New York record label, according to the suit.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Ryan Lochte has moved on from the competitive waters of London to the glittery pools of Hollywood. The 28-year-old swimmer descended on Los Angeles this week to film a cameo in the CW's teen soap "90210," hit a few red carpets and even drum up merchandising business. Already a media darling thanks to that smile (complete with patriotic grill ) and washboard stomach, Lochte's even more of a hit for his, um, unique interview presence. "Memorizing lines and trying to like, say 'em and still, like, do movement … it was hard," Lochte told Access Hollywood, via Buzzfeed, about his stint on "90210.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2012 | By David Pierson
An obscure Chinese company's battle with Apple Inc. over who has rights to the iPad name took another unlikely turn after authorities in northeastern China seized dozens of the Apple tablets for trademark infringement, an attorney for the company said. The seizures in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province, were in response to a complaint filed by Proview Technology, a company based in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen which has stymied Apple's bid to secure the trademark in China for its hot-selling device.
NATIONAL
October 16, 2009 | Jeremy Gorner
The Olympics movement has passed over Chicago, but it has left a lasting and unpleasant mark on George Tsoukas' business. He has owned a butcher shop here for about 40 years. But a year or two ago, Olympic Meat Packers Inc. had to be renamed Olympia Meat Packers Inc. because federal law gives the U.S. Olympic Committee a trademark on the word "Olympic." Tsoukas, whose family is Greek, says he sometimes forgets and answers the phone with the old name. "My customers, they hang up on me and they think it's a different business," he says.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple's retail store design has been granted a trademark from the U.S. government, giving the company some protection from copycat retailers. The Cupertino, Calif., company's "clear glass storefront" design, complete with "large, rectangular horizontal panels over the top of the glass front," received trademark status last week from the U.S Patent and Trademark office.  The trademark covers the store's interior furniture and fixtures as...
BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
George Thorogood is m-m-m-m-mad. The '80s rocker filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against Michaels Stores Inc., accusing the retailer of selling T-shirts that infringed on the trademark he holds for "Bad to the Bone," the title of his 1982 smash hit. Michaels, which operates a chain of arts-and-crafts stores, sells products to make a "Bad to the Bone tee" on its website. Officials with the Texas-based retailer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
SPORTS
October 28, 2013 | By Gary Klein
A nearby swim stadium is under construction, so USC players and coaches are accustomed to hearing heavy machinery during practice at Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field. But on Monday, interim Coach Ed Orgeron introduced the Trojans to something new. Technicians repeatedly blared the recorded sound of a chainsaw to prepare players for the trademark sound effect that rumbles through Oregon State's Reser Stadium on third downs, energizing Beavers fans and players. USC offensive lineman John Martinez remembers what it was like in 2010, when Oregon State defeated the Trojans, 36-7.
SPORTS
October 27, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Hail to the Bravehearts? Aris Mardirossian, allegedly a Potomac, Md., neighbor of Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, registered the trademark Washington Bravehearts for “entertainment in the nature of football games” earlier this month, TMZ first reported   Friday. Mardirossian also launched Washington Brave Hearts LLC on Oct. 17, the same day he registered the team name with the United States Patent and Trademark office, also according to TMZ. In addition, he purchased the domain name WashingtonBraves.com through GoDaddy on Oct. 18, according to CBSSports.com.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Whimsic Alley calls itself "a shopping haven for wizards of distinction," catering to "Harry Potter" fans with merchandise that includes wands, books, neckties and sweater vests for those looking to re-create the boy wizard's look. It even has a Hogwarts-style "Great Hall" that can be rented out for children's birthday parties and is reminiscent of a hall of the same name in the "Harry Potter" series' fictional boarding school for wizards. Now the Miracle Mile shop is the target of a lawsuit filed by Warner Bros., distributor of the "Harry Potter" movies and since 1998 the owner of the bulk of the "Potter" trademarks.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Last year, Oakland resident Samantha Matalone Cook wanted to find a better way to teach kids about science, technology and engineering. An educator, writer and artist who home schools her three kids, Cook and some friends hatched a concept they called Hacker Scouts. The idea was to teach kids a range of concepts such as soldering, building electrical circuits, robotics and even sewing. The kids would form guilds and, as they completed projects, earn badges.  In an era when the Maker Movement is a growing phenomenon, Hacker Scouts spread like crazy.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Apple has hired a fashion executive to work on special projects, fueling speculation that the company is looking to perfect the look and branding of wearable computing devices such as the iWatch. The technology giant confirmed the addition of former Yves Saint Laurent Group chief executive Paul Deneve in a statement to Bloomberg. Apple didn't offer any details on what Deneve would be working on. [Photos] Top 10 tech gadget fails Apple shares have tilted upward this month amid iWatch speculation, including trademark filings for the device in at least seven countries.
SPORTS
April 26, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
The University of Oregon is a college football powerhouse, but the university is flexing a different muscle to push a northwest Iowa high school to change its logo: it's trademark protection muscle. Okoboji Supt. Gary Janssen said the Okoboji Pioneers will phase out their “O” logo after complaints from the university, according to the Associated Press. Oregon's director of marketing and brand management Matt Dyste said the university is just protecting its trademarked green and yellow logo designed by Nike, which operates its headquarters out of nearby Beaverton, Ore. Due to the university's relationship with Nike, Oregon features some of the flashiest uniforms in college football.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2012 | By Christopher Smith
LAS VEGAS - Picture the lion before the kill. Sitting comfortably in a tony suite backstage at the Mirage casino, comedian Lewis Black was in a mellow mood. A reasonably fit, aging man with black and gray hair and glasses, he seemed a bit professorial as he mulled over a question: What was his best tool to disarm a heckler? Within an hour he would be onstage, face scrunched in disbelief, arms and hands flailing in trademark fury, voice bawling with frustration and anger as he eviscerated politicians, baby boomers and social media while slaying a packed multi-generational house that had turned out to see a 64-year old man complain himself into a rage.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In the clearest sign yet that Apple is working on a smartwatch, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant has filed for an "iWatch" trademark in Japan. A filing made public last week by the Japan Patent Office shows Apple is seeking to secure the trademark, according to Bloomberg . Since late last year, Apple has been rumored to be working on a smartwatch device that could connect with the iPhone. The so-called iWatch would allow users to see new information, such as text messages and other notifications, without having to dig for their smartphones in their pockets.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Punky apparel chain Hot Topic Inc. is getting raked over the coals by rock 'n' roll queen bee Joan Jett, whose Blackheart Records Group Inc. is accusing the clothier of ripping off the Blackheart name for a new lingerie line. Blackheart sued Hot Topic in Manhattan federal court this week, taking issue with the skull-and-crossbones-emblazoned panties and snake-print push-up bras the mall staple recently began selling under its own Blackheart label. Marketing efforts from the City of Industry-based fashion brand “were geared towards trading off the substantial goodwill associated” with Jett's New York record label, according to the suit.
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