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.
December 13, 1997 |
Anheuser-Busch Cos. will contest a Swiss court ruling that prevents the U.S. brewer from using the trademark "Bud" in Switzerland for one of its most famous beers, labeled "Budweiser" in the U.S. and other countries, a lawyer for the company said. A Swiss court ruled that "Bud" is too similar to the name of a beer made by state-owned Czech brewer Budweiser/Budvar AS. Budvar and Anheuser-Busch have been fighting the trademark war in courts around Europe for decades.
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.