October 22, 2013 |
Whimsic Alley calls itself "a shopping haven for wizards of distinction," catering to "Harry Potter" fans with merchandise that includes wands, books, neckties and sweater vests for those looking to re-create the boy wizard's look. It even has a Hogwarts-style "Great Hall" that can be rented out for children's birthday parties and is reminiscent of a hall of the same name in the "Harry Potter" series' fictional boarding school for wizards. Now the Miracle Mile shop is the target of a lawsuit filed by Warner Bros., distributor of the "Harry Potter" movies and since 1998 the owner of the bulk of the "Potter" trademarks.
July 8, 1999 |
The European Union, intervening in a dispute over Havana Club rum, plans to launch a World Trade Organization case against the United States over a U.S. law on trademarks, an EU official said. The move drags a dispute involving two world-famous drink manufacturers, Bacardi of Puerto Rico and Pernod-Ricard of France, and the Cuban government into the diplomatic arena.
July 23, 1992 |
Nike was barred Wednesday from selling or advertising its sports apparel in Spain, when the country's highest appeals court denied an eleventh-hour pre-Olympics appeal by America's biggest athletic shoemaker. But Nike says it is going to just do it anyway--sort of. The company has already paid millions of dollars to place its name on the U.S. Olympic track team's uniforms.
January 22, 1995 |
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is as serious about trademark infringement of their image as Disney is about the unsanctioned depiction of Mickey Mouse. The Academy has 20 individual rules governing the use of any of its trademark and copyrighted symbols as well as six separate policies for the use of clips from Academy Award presentations, including their exploitation in televised obituary news reports.
January 3, 1989 |
This week's Byrds reunion featuring Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Chris Hillman brings back an important '60s rock legacy of chiming guitars, swelling harmonies and some landmark songs such as "Eight Miles High" and "Mr. Tambourine Man." But there is an unusual subtext for this first official flocking under the Byrds banner since 1973--one that calls to mind a less sacrosanct '60s song title: "The Name Game."
July 29, 1995 |
The huge sign out front says Toys R Us, and the long aisles inside are crammed with customers amid a children's wonderland of toys, books, games and clothes. There's only one problem. The $7.9-billion New Jersey-based toy retailer, with operations in 12 countries worldwide, has no legal ties to this store--or the two other busy "Toys R Us" outlets in South Africa. A local businessman simply copied the well-known logo in 1978 and opened shops almost identical to the American originals.
April 24, 1999 |
Outlawing a widely used marketing ploy that often misleads consumers on the Internet, a federal appeals court has ruled that companies cannot boost traffic to their Web sites by littering them with rivals' trademarks. For consumers, the ruling could help end a bait-and-switch tactic that frustrates millions of people who depend on "search engines" such as Yahoo and Lycos, which guide users to Web sites on topics they are interested in.
July 22, 1993 |
Invent a Monopoly-like game that makes sport of the travails of illegal immigrants trying to sneak across the U.S.-Mexico border and you can figure on getting some flak. When three San Diego men first introduced their politically incorrect board game a couple of years ago they expected some criticism from liberals and immigrant activists. What Roland Fisher, Jose Mata and Frank Rodriguez did not expect was to be bogged down in a messy legal fight over the game's title, "Run for the Border."
December 22, 1988 |
On June 21, 1933, the Fresno Bee's front page was dominated by a story of domestic violence. The bodies of a farmer and his wife had been discovered that morning outside town. Detectives surmised that the man, despondent over "ill health," had approached his wife as she was feeding the pigs and shot her dead. He then returned to the farmhouse, positioned himself before a mirror and took his own life. The farmer was identified as Joseph Gallo.