Article Archive for October 2012
William Faulkner’s estate sues Sony Pictures Classics, Inc. after character in Sony’s Oscar-winning film, Midnight in Paris, erroneously recites a Faulkner quote.
Initial media reports of Jay-Z and Beyonce losing a legal battle to trademark the name of their daughter “Blue Ivy” turn out to be premature and factually incorrect.
Seattle-based international coffee giant Starbucks threatens to sue a small town Illinois dog daycare business, unless it removes “Starbarks” from it’s name, logo, and website.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board refused to register the trademark “Verde” to Verde Power Supply Inc. because “Verde” is merely descriptive.
LG Display filed suit against Samsung for patent infringements of their organic light-emitting diode panel technologies. LG Display is the world’s number two maker of liquid crystal displays. Earlier in September, Samsung sought an injunction against LG over technology leaks. Samsung feels that this suit is just a scheme to overcome the previous case.
Xerox Corporation was recently victorious at India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board, having convinced the Board that their mark “Xerox” has not become generic.
Madonna gets sued by the executors of Marlon Brando’s estate for using his image while on tour. Can her management team make them an offer they can’t refuse?
The copyright to Superman has long been a contested issue between Warner Brothers Entertainment, and the families of Superman’s creators. Last week Warner Brothers won a huge victory when a California district court ruled that it could maintain ownership of its most recognizable character.
Samsung strikes victory against Apple in the U.K., as the British Court of Appeal endorses Judge Birss’ decision and order finding the design of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab products to be non-infringing, and forcing Apple to publicly state so on it’s website and in major U.K. publications.
After seven years of litigation, the Association of American Publishers announced on October 4th, 2012, that they had reached a settlement agreement that will provide access to publishers’ in-copyright books and journals digitized by Google for its Google Library Project.