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Apple Accused of Copying Swiss Clock for iPad App

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The Swiss Federal Railway is alleging that the new clock app added to the iPad in iOS 6 is an unauthorized copy of the trademarked design of clocks used throughout train stations in Switzerland. Ars Technica reports this story from the Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger, which maintains that the railway, Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB) is planning […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 24th, 2012 at 10:41 am

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Google Facing Lawsuit Over ‘Playground’ Phrase in Ad

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MediaPost has reported on a new lawsuit against Google alleging trademark infringement for its use of the phrase “the playground is open” in advertisements for the Nexus 7 tablet. Market Street Press alleges that it has been using the phrase since 2008 in its own promotional materials and has applied to trademark it; the company […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 20th, 2012 at 10:16 am

Louboutin Wins Trademark Protection of Red Soles, Kind Of

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The Second Circuit has ruled that Christian Louboutin can trademark his famous red soles so long as they contrast with the rest of the shoe. This amounts to a partial win for Louboutin since the lawsuit had been based on Yves Saint Laurent’s intention of producing “monochrome” shoes, including an all red pair. Accordingly, YSL—and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 13th, 2012 at 6:04 am

Ben & Jerry’s Stops Porn Producers from Selling Allegedly Infringing Videos

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Well this is certainly one of the sexiest stories legal stories we’ve seen in a while here at LegalZoom. A federal judge in Manhattan has granted Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc.’s request to temporarily stop pornographic film producers from selling DVDs that the ice cream makers say violate their trademarks and could cause confusion among […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 7th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

University of Alabama Apologizes to Baker for Attempt to Stop Production of Collegiate-Themed Products

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Collegiate Licensing Co. recently sent a cease-and-desist letter to a Northport, Alabama bakery owner to stop producing baked goods with University of Alabama-related images and phrases. After the story hit the Tuscaloosa News, however, the university got in touch with Mary Cesar, the bakery owner, to attempt to resolve the issue in a more friendly […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 31st, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Update on Lochte’s Jeah Trademark Application

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We recently told you about Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte’s application to trademark the phrase “Jeah,” and there is already an update–but it has nothing to do with rapper MC Eiht, who has alleged that “jeah” has been his catchphrase since 1988. The Oak Park-River Forest Patch has reported that Chris Brynes and Jeah […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 29th, 2012 at 2:02 pm

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Is Lochte’s Move to Trademark “Jeah” Dead in the Water?

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Olympic Gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte has filed an application to trademark the phrase “Jeah,” but is his request already dead in the water? Lochte claims “jeah” is a variation of “chea,” a word  used by rapper Young Jeezy—but it’s another rapper who may fight Locthe’s request. TMZ reports that MC Eiht is alleging that […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 27th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

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Lost in Translation: Steelers Stop Terrible Towels in Different Languages

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A man selling imitation “Terrible Towels” in different languages has agreed to cease and desist production after the Pittsburgh Steelers and a related charitable foundation asked him to stop. Nick Rossi claims he started producing towels in Italian to benefit earthquake victims in Italy several years ago; he had since begun printing towels with Spanish […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 23rd, 2012 at 10:12 am

J. Geils Sues Former Bandmates Over Trademarked Name

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Apparently the love between J. Geils and his former band “must of got lost somewhere down the line.” The Boston Globe reports that John Geils has sued his former bandmates from the J. Geils Band, the rock group that bore his name. The legal action was sparked by a recent announcement from Peter Wolf, Seth […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 6th, 2012 at 10:22 am

Jack Daniel’s Sends “Most Polite Cease and Desist Letter Ever Written”

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You know the old adage “You get more bees with honey than vinegar?” It seems Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey believes wholeheartedly in this approach judging from a recent cease and desist letter it sent to an author that the company felt was infringing on its trademarked label. As reported in the Louisville Morning Call, Patrick […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 1st, 2012 at 12:27 pm