February 24, 2012 |
The iPad trademark battle between Apple and Proview Technologies has jumped from China to the U.S. as a new lawsuit accuses Apple of committing fraud in 2009. Proview's Taiwanese subsidiary, Proview Electronics, known largely for making computer monitors, filed a complaint in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Feb. 17, accusing Apple of hiring the lawfirm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge to start a company that was formed with the sole purpose of purchasing the trademark for the "iPad" name on its behalf.
March 28, 2012 |
BEIJING — The Kardashian sisters don't sell their clothing and perfume in China, and you can't buy authentic J. Crew khakis here. But both names are already trademarked by Chinese businesspeople looking to profit from American enterprises that want to tap China's booming retail market. Extortion? Nope. It's called "trademark squatting. " And it's legal in China, where trademarks generally are awarded to those who are first to register them with government authorities. If these and other U.S. companies want to use their own names, they probably will have to pay the Chinese holder for the rights.
December 30, 2000 |
Napster Inc., an online music-sharing service fighting a landmark copyright dispute, sued online retailer Sport Service Inc. for wrongfully using its trademark. Napster alleges closely held Sport Service is selling T-shirts and caps with Napster's cat-design trademark, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. Sport Service operates Napsterstore.com, a domain it purchased in May.
November 4, 1987 |
IBM has claimed a legal victory over AST Research of Irvine in a trademark infringement suit involving AST's use of the PS/2 trademark that designates IBM's new personal computer line. In an out-of-court settlement, AST agreed not to use PS/2 to promote its new line of products for use with IBM's new personal computers.
July 11, 2001 |
A federal judge ruled that New Line Cinema Corp. may not release a movie under the name "Diablo" because the trademark is held by Blizzard Entertainment, an Irvine-based computer game maker that has marketed a series of games under the name. Blizzard officials say they plan to produce their own motion picture and want to avoid "consumer confusion." New Line officials declined to comment Tuesday on the preliminary injunction granted last week by U.S.
January 14, 2010 |
For a guy who's just seen the end of the world, Denzel Washington is surprisingly upbeat. The actor projects a studied, scowling quiet for much of his new post-Armageddon thriller "The Book of Eli," which makes it a little jarring to meet the actor and find him in an altogether different mode: gregarious, charismatic, Denzel-ish . As he talks about his new role while sipping camomile tea in the lobby bar of a Beverly Hills hotel, he stages a...
May 5, 2000 |
In 1895, a young architect, taken with a single spire atop a nearby mental institution, designed two spires that were built on the roof of the new grandstand at Churchill Downs. The twin spires, the brainchild of Joseph Baldez, have become the most recognizable feature of Churchill and the Kentucky Derby, and one of the most recognizable landmarks in sports. They've been called towers, cupolas and steeples by visitors to the Derby, but to the locals they can only be the spires.
September 14, 2012 |
AMAGANSETT, N.Y. - Some actors take a part because they admire a director's vision or love the script. Richard Gere signed on to his new Wall Street cautionary tale "Arbitrage" because he liked how the filmmaker responded when he slammed him against a wall. Gere and Nicholas Jarecki were dining at the upstate N.Y. bed-and-breakfast Gere owns, discussing the actor's potential involvement in the dramatic thriller that opened Friday to strong reviews. Then Gere made an odd request: He wanted Jarecki to read with him as the wife of Gere's character.
December 12, 2013 |
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.