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.
February 25, 2012 |
The iPad trademark battle between Apple Inc. and Proview Technologies has jumped from China to the U.S. as a new lawsuit accuses the tablet maker of committing fraud in 2009. Proview, a Shenzhen, China-based company known largely for making computer monitors, filed a complaint in Santa Clara County Superior Court, accusing Apple of forming a company in London with the sole purpose of purchasing the trademark for the "iPad" name on behalf of Apple. That company was called IP Application Development and was a subsidiary of Apple, Proview said in the California lawsuit.
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.
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.
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...
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.
November 3, 2003 |
ESPN reporter Michelle Tafoya really knows how to rain on a guy's parade. John Lewis, a Michigan fan, was cheering loudly for his teamduring a game against Minnesota at the Metrodome in Minneapolis when Tafoya thought it would be a good idea to dump beer on his head to cool him off. Tafoya said she was trying to defuse a trash-talking bout between a group she was with and fans in the section below. Then the police showed up.
August 20, 2013 |
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.