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August 13, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
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 | From Reuters
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 | Bloomberg News
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.
September 27, 1987 | From United Press International
The publisher of The Lundberg Letter, a widely read publication that informs the energy industry of market trends, is suing her brother, claiming that he infringed on the newsletter's trademark and its method of gathering information in a competing publication. The U.S. District Court suit was filed Friday against Jan C. Lundberg on behalf of Lundberg Survey Inc., North Hollywood publisher of The Lundberg Letter, which was founded by the late Dan Lundberg.
October 22, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
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 | From Reuters
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.
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 | Richard Natale
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 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
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."
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.
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