February 8, 2012 |
There's room for only one cupcake company called Sprinkles, and that's the one in Beverly Hills, a newly settled lawsuit seems to suggest. The popular chain, which first launched in Southern California in 2005, recently settled a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Fairfield, Conn., bakery that was calling itself Pink Sprinkles. That business, which opened in 2009, is now calling itself the Pink Cupcake Shack. Its website calls the shop “Fairfield's first cupcake boutique in Brick Walk Promenade” and touts the staff's decades of experience.
February 2, 2012 |
With Super Bowl XLVI just days away, advertisers are in an all-out blitz, pitching everything from pizzas to TVs in conjunction with the biggest sporting event of the year. The ads often feature "super" savings and football themes, but one thing is conspicuously absent from nearly all of them: the name of the game itself. Trademarked and tenaciously defended by the NFL, the phrase "Super Bowl" is available to just a handful of official sponsors that pay significant amounts for the right to include the name in their marketing efforts.
October 13, 2011 |
From San Francisco -- It was just two years ago that USC was coached by Pete Carroll in this same stadium — his final game. Now Trojans football is nowhere near as much fun. Maybe Carroll's act had become tired with the NCAA weighing heavy on the future of USC football and he had to go, but how about a sign of life as things start anew? Where's the killer instinct, as much a trademark in the Carroll era as his relentless credo to compete? How about Lane Kiffin coming across as more than just an offensive cheerleader and coordinator, as his title is "head coach.
October 8, 2011 |
The cowboys rose well before dawn, stars still high in the West Texas sky. They strapped on spurs and leather chaps and climbed into their saddles for one last roundup. They didn't have to do much to rustle the cattle from the dusty flats about 220 miles west of Dallas. Hundreds of hungry black Angus and Herefords, tired of foraging for scarce, drought-dry grass, came running — drawn by the hope of feed. The cowboys herded the youngest, thinnest and weakest animals into a separate pen, some with ribs and hipbones jutting after weeks without a decent meal.
September 11, 2011 |
By his own admission, Tony Bennett doesn't get nervous often. But he was anxious that day, more than 50 years ago, when he was filling in for Perry Como as host on the crooner's variety television show. "Como had a big orchestra and great stars," Bennett recalled. "And all they gave me was a blank stage. I thought, 'There was no way I'm going to get through this.'" Bennett decided there was pretty much only one person who could help: a certain blue-eyed singer. "I had never met Frank Sinatra.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2011 |
Angelenos take it for granted that at some point in the near future, their lives will be interrupted by a film shoot. Whether it's traffic blocked by location trucks, cables outside an old downtown hotel, reflectors and klieg lights in front of a favorite bar or a strange sight on the lawn of a craftsman house in Pasadena, location shooting is part of L.A.-area life. Early on, in the silent movie era, the line between location shooting and "stealing shots" was rather blurred. In a few famous cases, residents were barely aware they were acting as backdrops for major stars.
June 7, 2011
Hollywood studios, record labels and other U.S. copyright and trademark owners are pushing Congress to give them more protection against parasitical foreign websites that are profiting from counterfeit or bootlegged goods. The Senate Judiciary Committee has responded with a bill (S 968) that would force online advertising networks, credit card companies and search engines to cut off support for any site found by the courts to be "dedicated" to copyright or trademark infringement.
May 26, 2011 |
Faced with a public relations firestorm, Walt Disney Co. said it had withdrawn its application to trademark the moniker "SEAL Team 6" for use on games, snow globes and TV shows. Two days after the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 swooped into Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, killing the Al Qaeda leader, an attorney for the Burbank-based entertainment giant filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for use of the term "SEAL Team 6. " Last week, the Navy countered by filing two trademark applications of its own for the names "Navy SEALS" and "SEAL Team.
April 19, 2011 |
Consultants, self-help gurus and moms agree: Mistakes are how we learn. Small-business owners tell us their biggest error. Here is this week's: Business owner: Sarah Shaw Companies: Sarah Shaw Handbags, Entreprenette What I Did: Gave away my own name Background: I'm a consultant, and I teach women how to market tangible products. The Mistake: I had a handbag company, and about two years in I brought in investors. I had never trademarked my name, Sarah Shaw, so they had the attorney file the trademark for Sarah Shaw Handbags.
March 23, 2011 |
Amazon.com Inc. began selling applications for the Google Android smart phone in its new "Appstore" just days after Apple Inc. filed a lawsuit claiming that the digital storefront infringes its "App Store" trademark. Escalating the fight with Apple, Amazon said Tuesday that it was giving away an Android version of a popular game as part of the promotion for the new site. Normally the game, Angry Birds Rio, would sell for 99 cents, just as it does in Apple's iTunes App Store. The move was seen as a challenge to Google Inc.'s Android Marketplace for apps that run on smart phones and tablets using the Android operating system.