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May 8, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
If the dead could speak, they probably wouldn't have been heard over the burst of virtual shouting and howling Walt Disney Co. drew for attempting to trademark "Dia de los Muertos" -- a bid it has since dropped. The company filed 10 applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for “Dia de los Muertos,” including applications pertaining to toys, cereals and jewelry. The May 1 filings came in anticipation of an untitled movie about the Mexican holiday, known in English as Day of the Dead.
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.
March 20, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Milt Larsen is a master of two kinds of magic. There's the abracadabra kind that his magician parents brought him up on, and the sort he began practicing with his late brother, Bill - the magic of preserving buildings, including the Variety Arts Theater downtown and the Mayfair Music Hall in Santa Monica. The capper is the Magic Castle. Here, 50 years ago, the Larsens - presto-changeo - turned a banker's home into a members-only clubhouse for grown-up magicians and their fans. Larsen has three cable radio shows (old comedy and even older music)
March 3, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - When the race was over, Carl Edwards parked his No. 99 Ford at the finish line and climbed onto the car's window frame. Cheers from the grandstands swelled at Phoenix International Raceway, because the fans knew what was coming next. The question was: Did Edwards still know how to do it? After all, it had been 70 races since Edwards had won a Sprint Cup Series race and performed his trademark victory back flip from the car. "I was a little nervous," Edwards, 33, later admitted.
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...
January 28, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
- There were a few pages still to be turned Monday in the book titled, "Here Comes Tiger Woods Again. " After an intense and gutty Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open, that book now seems publishable. Hot off the presses and coming soon. The final chapter, of course, cannot be completed until Woods wins another major title. His next would be his 15th and would put him back in shape to get to Jack Nicklaus' record 18. He won three titles on the PGA Tour last year, which most golf fans took as an obvious lead-in to 2013 as the year of a return to normalcy in pro golf.
January 11, 2013 | By Ned Parker and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - After weeks of fighting, Syrian rebels said Friday that they had seized a strategic air base in northwestern Idlib province, depriving the government of its ability to carry out helicopter airstrikes in the area. The Taftanaz air base has been used by the government to stage helicopter attacks on rebels in the province, adjacent to the Turkish border. The campaign to seize it had been spearheaded by hard-line Islamic fighting groups, such as Al Nusra Front, which is affiliated with Al Qaeda.
January 1, 2013
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December 21, 2012 | By Meg James
Walt Disney Co. has won an appeals court ruling that protects the Burbank entertainment giant's trademarks to the valuable Winnie the Pooh characters. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington upheld a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that blocked Stephen Slesinger Inc.'s challenges to Disney's control of the trademark for the Hundred Acre Wood clan. The ruling appears to end a 21-year legal odyssey against Disney by Stephen Slesinger's family.
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.
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