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Starbucks loses Korean appeal, Starpreya can continue to use name there
January 12, 2007
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The Korean Supreme Court today denied an appeal by Starbucks to cancel a rival's trademark there. Specifically, the Court noted that Starbucks was not well-known in Korea when the rival coffee provider (who uses a similar logo) registered its trademark. MVS previously blogged about the appeal here. This case, along with the ongoing saga between Budweiser and Budvar, show the difficulties that can arise when....... Read More


2006 TTAB year in review
January 12, 2007
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John Welch at The TTABlog has compiled a list of all citable opinions of the TTAB in 2006 organized by the substantive legal issue in each decision. This is a useful tool when looking for the most recent TTAB case law on a particular issue. The 57 citable decisions in 2006 are almost double the total number of citable decisions for the past two years: there were only 18 in 2005 and 13 in 2004. Wel....... Read More


Cisco sues Apple over iPhone trademark
January 11, 2007
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Apple, the company that dominates the digital music player market with the iPod, announced this week at the annual MacWorld show in San Francisco that Apple will be entering another lucrative consumer electronics market: the mobile phone. Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced his company's newest offering: the iPhone. Apple's stock increased 10% just from the announcement of the iPhone, although they will not....... Read More


Sioux Falls inventor files one millionth electronic trademark application with USPTO
January 10, 2007
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The USPTO recently received the one millionth trademark application filed electronically via its TEAS system. It took just under ten years for the one millionth electronic application to be filed, as the TEAS system first became available in November, 1997. The applicant, Donald Junck of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was flown out to the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia, and will take part in a commemoration ceremony ....... Read More


"Use in commerce" not necessary to support trademark opposition, just use in the United States
January 09, 2007
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The Federal Circuit, reversing the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB"), found that a Canadian company who arguably only did business in Canada could oppose a trademark application based on "spillover" use of its unregistered trademark in the United States. The Canadian company, First Niagara Insurance Brokers, opposed several trademark applications filed by a United States company, First....... Read More


"Bare Licensee" Lacks Standing to Sue for Infringement
January 09, 2007
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In Propat International Corp & David Find and Helene Glasser ("Propat") v. RPsot International Limted, Zafar Khan, Kenneth Barton and Terrance Tomkow ("Rpost"), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court's decision that Propat lacked standing to sue for infringement and, on the cross-appeal, affirmed the district court's order denying RPost's request for an award of fees and costs. At issue wa....... Read More


Supreme Court: patent licensee need not cease royalty payments to challenge patent's vaildity
January 09, 2007
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Today the Supreme Court decided MedImmune v. Genentech, a case about the power of federal courts to decide issues related to patent infringement and validity when one party to the dispute is currently licensing the patent from the other party. In an 8-1 decision, the Court held that a licensee need not stop paying royalties, thereby breaching the license agreement, in order for courts to have jurisdiction to con....... Read More


Anheuser-Busch and Budvar reach agreement, but trademark fights continue
January 09, 2007
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United States brewer Anheuser-Busch, maker of Budweiser beer, has reached an agreement with Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar, to distribute Budvar's Czechvar lager. This agreement is interesting because the two companies have been involved in trademark disputes around the world over which company has the right to use the name "Budweiser." Budvar's beer is sold as Budweiser Budvar in several coun....... Read More


MIT Offers Free Course Materials on United States Copyright Law
January 05, 2007
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is offering an introductory course to Copyrights via its OpenCourseWare website. The website describes the course as "an introduction to copyright law and American law in general." Topics covered include: 1) Structure of federal law 2) Basics of legal research 3) Legal citations 4) How to use LexisNexis? 5) The 197....... Read More


Celebrities are inventors too
January 04, 2007
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Inventors come from all walks of life, so it shouldn't be a surprise that celebrities are inventors also. One blogger used the new Google patent search to search for famous names as inventors of patents. Click here for the list of patents he discovered. Figures from a few of my favorites after the jump. Click on the images see the full patent (and the inventor). .... Read More


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