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One More Battle in the Apple-Samsung War

May 21, 2015 04:05 pm by Jonathan Schmig

This past Monday, another brick was laid in the seemingly neverending path of the Apple v. Samsung litigation. In short, although the lower court awarded Apple a sum of $930M...

Michael Jordan’s Newest Chinese Trademark Woes

May 18, 2015 03:05 pm by Jonathan Schmig

Michael Jordan has become the latest trademark “victim” of the Chinese intellectual property regime. The next stop for the former Chicago Bulls superstar and current Charlotte Hornets owner is China’s...

Amazon Patent Reveals Drones May Actually Track Your Location During Delivery

May 15, 2015 05:05 pm by Sheren Javdan

Just delivering your orders using drones wouldn’t be cool enough for Amazon would it? In its newly released patent application with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), Amazon revealed...

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The Fact-Specific Mess of Secondary Meaning in Trademark Law

May 11, 2015 06:05 pm by Jonathan Schmig

Trademark protection in the U.S. requires three things: that the mark be distinctive; that the mark be nonfunctional; and that the mark be used in commerce. Obviously, there’s a lot...

Land Rover vs. Landwind: China's Copycat Cars Strike Again

April 23, 2015 04:04 pm by Jonathan Schmig

The Western world complaining about China’s intellectual property (IP) regime is nothing new. Which is probably why few are surprised that another dispute between a Chinese company and a European...

Legendary Mexican Fast Food Chain, Naugles, Revived After Del Taco Trademark Battle

April 21, 2015 10:04 am by Jenny Kim

On March 31, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decided that Del Taco could not prove that it had not abandoned the Naugles trademark, effectively...

Trademark Battles Brewing Between Craft Beer Makers

April 16, 2015 01:04 pm by Jonathan Schmig

A recent trademark dispute over a craft beer name has shined a light on a number of important legal issues facing small breweries in the U.S. Seattle-based microbrewery Peddler Brewing Company...

Amazon’s New Patent Will Be Watching You

April 10, 2015 05:04 pm by Jonathan Schmig

For months now, rumors of e-retail giant Amazon’s plans for a brick-and-mortar initiative have been murmured throughout the retailing world. Amazon was supposed to have opened a store in Manhattan...

YouTube Copyright Bots Block Rand Paul’s Presidential Announcement Video

April 07, 2015 02:04 pm by Sheren Javdan

Good luck trying to watch Senator Rand Paul’s presidential announcement speech on YouTube. The Washington Post and Vox’s Andrew Prokop discovered that Rand Paul’s presidential nomination announcement is currently being blocked by...

Apple Patents a New People-Tracker

March 30, 2015 01:03 pm by Jonathan Schmig

The U.S. Patent Office has just issued Apple a new patent over a process that let’s you track another person’s journey. Apple already has a feature that lets you find your...