April 29, 1997
Westec Security Inc. said Monday that it has filed a trademark infringement suit against Western Resources Inc. of Topeka, Kan., and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Westar Security Services and WestSec Inc. of Irving, Texas. The suit, filed in Municipal Court in Santa Monica, seeks an injunction to stop the use of the Westar and WestSec trademarks. The suit also alleges that use of those trademarks dilutes the value of the well-known Westec trademark.
August 25, 1987 |
In an apparent effort to scare away cloners of its new line of personal computers, IBM has filed trademark infringement suits against two computer accessory makers, including AST Research Inc. in Irvine. The suits, filed in the U.S. District Courts in Los Angeles and San Francisco, allege that AST and Orchid Technology Inc. of Fremont misused IBM's trademarked name of its new system, "PS/2," in a recent series of ads.
October 4, 2000 |
Scott Smith says he can identify with Entrepreneur magazine's current cover story, "Entrepreneurs Under Attack." That's because the Sacramento PR man is fighting trademark infringement accusations from a bigger company: Entrepreneur Media, the magazine's Irvine-based parent. In January 1998, Entrepreneur Media sent a cease-and-desist letter to Smith and his public relations firm, Entrepreneur PR. The letter said that the publisher had registered the word "entrepreneur" in 1982.
December 4, 2013 |
Whimsic Alley, the Miracle Mile shop that sells "Harry Potter" merchandise and was sued by Warner Bros. for trademark infringement, has reached a settlement with the studio that will allow the store to remain open, owner Stanley Goldin told The Times in an email. In March, Warner Bros., the distributor of the "Harry Potter" movies and since 1998 the owner of the bulk of the "Potter" trademarks, targeted the shop with a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that some fans feared would force the store to close.
December 6, 2013 |
Apparently when it comes to selling satellite TV, anything goes. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento, satellite broadcaster DirecTV accuses Dish One, a retailer majority-owned by rival Dish Network, of using all sorts of duplicitous and illegal acts including pretending to be DirecTV representatives in an effort to poach subscribers, primarily senior citizens. Dish One has "engaged in marketing efforts to target existing DirecTV customers and convince those customers to switch to Dish Network based on false and misleading representations," DirecTV said in the suit, which makes allegations of trademark infringement, false advertising, fraud and slander.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 |
A Southern California man was sentenced Monday to eight years in state prison for illegally importing counterfeit Disney merchandise from China and selling it over the Internet, prosecutors said. Larry James Allred, 58, pleaded guilty to a court offer of one felony count of trademark infringement, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said Allred, a resident of Walnut, had two previous strikes: a 1975 rape conviction and a 1978 conviction for rape and kidnapping.