August 24, 1999 |
In the first major blow to companies seeking to protect their trademarks on the Internet, a federal appeals court held Monday that corporations cannot always prevent others from registering domain names that coincide with their brand names. The decision clarifies who is entitled to a domain name that bears a company's trademark. Legal experts said it could shift the balance of power on the Internet away from big companies and toward individuals.
August 17, 1999 |
A federal judge thwarted America Online Inc.'s attempt to bar AT&T Corp. from using the terms "You have mail," "Buddy List" and "IM" on its WorldNet online service. U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton in Alexandria, Va., granted AT&T's motion for summary judgment, rejecting AOL's claims that the words and phrases are trademarked. Hilton's decision, which invalidated AOL's "Buddy List" trademark, also dismissed the case.
May 31, 1999 |
The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers held off on adopting a controversial plan for resolving trademark disputes on the Internet during its meeting last week in Berlin. Some Net activists say the plan proposed by the World Intellectual Property Organization would give too much power to big companies at the expense of individual Internet users.
January 24, 2004 |
Internet provider America Online settled a trademark dispute with Playboy Enterprises Inc. after an appeals court backed Playboy in litigation dating back five years. Terms were not disclosed. Playboy sued Excite Inc. and Netscape, which used Excite technology, claiming those Internet companies had infringed the trademark on "playboy" and "playmate." AOL now owns Netscape.
March 2, 2007 |
In an effort to discourage unauthorized companies from using the Super Bowl to peddle their products, the NFL is seeking to trademark the phrase "the Big Game." But a college football rivalry that began in 1902 might have something to say about that. Stanford and California, whose annual showdown is known as "Big Game," have taken initial steps to oppose the trademark through Collegiate Licensing Co., and have obtained a three-month extension to mull their next move.
April 14, 1999 |
Del Taco Inc., the second-largest Mexican American fast-food chain in the nation, has filed suit seeking to force Southland Corp. to stop selling a new El Taco food item at its 7-Eleven stores. In a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Laguna Beach-based Del Taco says Dallas-based Southland is violating its Del Taco trademark, confusing customers and unfairly competing by marketing the new taco, introduced March 4. Del Taco was joined in the complaint by Boca Raton, Fla.
December 4, 1990 |
The Patent and Trademark Office announced Monday that a scent can qualify for a trademark and decided that the protection applies to perfumed embroidery yarns sold by a Goleta, Calif., woman. "This marks the first time in the history of trademarks that a fragrance has been approved for registration," said Jeffrey M. Samuels, assistant commissioner for trademarks. "We are all familiar with what trademarks look like. Now we'll see what they smell like."
July 10, 1990 |
Marlboro Country is off limits to the makers of children's products. Philip Morris U.S.A. said Monday that it would spend $500,000 for an advertising campaign warning manufacturers that they will face "legal action" if they use any of the cigarette company's trademarks on children's products ranging from candy cigarettes to toy water pistols. "We have nothing to do with these products," said John R. Nelson, vice president of corporate affairs. "But we are continually being criticized for them.
April 24, 2001 |
Eastman Kodak Co. has sued All American Greeting Cards Inc. over advertisements it says infringe Kodak's trademark. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Miami, says the ads, which seek to persuade people to set up card racks in stores, violate trademarks the company has held since 1909. The Rochester, N.Y.-based photography company markets its films in distinctive yellow-and-red packaging.
January 6, 1999 |
Hewlett-Packard Co., the No. 1 maker of inkjet printers, settled a 16-month-old lawsuit against Xerox Corp. that claimed the world's top copier maker violated HP trademarks on toner-cartridge packaging. Stamford, Conn.-based Xerox, which won't pay damages, agreed to change its packaging to remove a reference to Palo Alto-based HP's LaserJet brand in type similar to HP's logo.