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.
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.
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.
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...
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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.
September 13, 2012 |
The most popular dessert in Dodgers history is back, and cinnamon is the secret ingredient. The Cool-A-Coo, the ice cream sandwich that accompanied strikeouts by Fernando Valenzuela and home runs by Mike Piazza, returns to Dodger Stadium on Thursday. When Stan Kasten took over as the Dodgers' president May 1, he put the Cool-A-Coo revival at the top of his to-do list. He figured it would take a few weeks, not an entire summer. "We had to put Humpty Dumpty back together," Kasten said.
April 15, 2014 |
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.