November 7, 2007 |
EBay Inc. has defeated the appeal of a court ruling that protected the online auctioneer from "trademark dilution" by e-commerce rivals with similar-sounding names. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court's ruling in September 2005 against Perfumebay.com and Perfume-bay.com. EBay had argued that the names confused customers, who might think they were on an official EBay site.
September 12, 2000 |
Traveler, the white horse that gallops across the Coliseum floor each time USC scores, has been lassoed into a legal tussle between a small horse ranch and the university. Pat Saukko and her family said they have applied for a trademark on the mascot's name, a legal right they believe they deserve because they have raised five generations of Travelers, providing both horse and rider for games since 1961.
May 18, 1988 |
The squawking's over between Grammy Goose and Granny Goose. A settlement in a lawsuit brought by the international snacks manufacturer against Grammy Goose Baby Boutique for trademark infringement was reached Tuesday, and allows the Petaluma clothing store to keep its name. Although details were not revealed, Grammy attorney Barry Parkinson said the suit brought by Granny Goose would be dismissed and that his client will continue using the name and logo.
May 13, 1999 |
A group of leading Internet technologists, lawyers and policy analysts are urging the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers to take its time considering a controversial plan for resolving trademark disputes on the Internet. The plan, proposed earlier this month by the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, has been criticized by some Net activists who say it would give too much power to big companies at the expense of individual Internet users.
October 24, 2003 |
A wave of trademark applications using "Shock and Awe" in their names is hitting the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington. Seven months after the most overused cliche of the Iraq war entered American jargon, a Patent Office official said it had received 29 "Shock and Awe" applications. There are filings to trademark condoms, coffees, golf clubs, pesticides, dietary supplements, salsa, energy drinks, yo-yos, lingerie, Bloody Mary mix and "infant action crib toys."
June 12, 1997 |
Hewlett-Packard Co. said it won court rulings in two trademark-infringement lawsuits against office supply companies. The Palo Alto-based computer equipment maker said it won judgments against Supreme Office Products of Los Angeles and OPG Industries of New York. Both of the closely held companies had been selling refilled toner cartridges used in Hewlett-Packard computer printers as new equipment, prompting customer complaints.
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.
December 29, 2006 |
Pfizer Inc. won a trademark case blocking drug makers in China from copying its Viagra erectile dysfunction pills' blue diamond shape. A Beijing court ordered the three companies to pay a $38,000 fine to Pfizer, stop producing the blue, diamond-shaped pills -- which didn't contain the active ingredient in Viagra -- and print an apology in a Chinese legal newspaper, Pfizer said.
August 13, 1997 |
Westar Systems Inc., an Orange County corporate security systems supplier, filed a $15-million lawsuit against a Kansas competitor Tuesday, accusing the firm of improperly using its name and star-shaped trademark. Westar filed the suit against Western Resources Inc. in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, seeking $10 million in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages. A spokesman for Western Resources could not be reached for comment.
January 13, 2006 |
Apple Computer Inc. has filed to trademark the phrase "Mobile Me" for use in a wide range of businesses, furthering speculation that it could introduce an iPod phone. Apple made the filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Jan. 5. The areas that the trademark covers include computing devices, mobile devices and mobile services such as music, video, games, e-mail and messaging across the Internet, intranets, extranets, and television, cellular and satellite networks, the filing shows.