Monthly Archive: March 2009

Following the trend started by Hyundai Motor Co., and even going one better, automakers

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Inhale, Inc., makers of hookahs and the INHALE vaporizer believes Oglesby & Butler was smoking something other than tobacco when it adopted the name I-INHALE for its vaporizer product, and Inhale put down its own hookah long enough to file suit in the Central District of California for trademark infringement of its name. Inhale has …

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It’s no secret: U.S. and international markets are in deep turmoil. Massive layoffs, historic stock market declines, and institutional failures remind us this no ordinary time. Even while companies look for ways to cut back and streamline institutional costs, now may be the best time to strengthen your intellectual property (IP) portfolio. Although frequently overlooked, …

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Toughlove American LLC (“TLA”) filed suit this month against MTV High Noon Productions, and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films (“Defendants”) claiming trademark infringement and false designation of origin based upon the production of a new reality show, TOUGH LOVE. TLA, founded by two therapists, claims to have been using the mark TOUGHLOVE for peer-to-peer, self-help, and …

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Stephen Colbert has won NASA’s International Space Station module naming contest. NASA held a contest allowing the public to decide on the new “living room” module aboard the orbiting outpost of the International Space Station. In keeping with the other modules, called Unity and Harmony, scientists and space employees were urging the name Serenity. Problem …

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With U.S. President Barack Obama in the White House a change in U.S. – Cuba relations may be on the horizon. According to a recent Reuters story, U.S. companies have an estimated 5,000 products trademarked in Cuba, “waiting for the day they might finally land on the island separated from the United States by the …

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This is big news in the world of internet domain names. Trademark holders have expressed concerns about ICANN’s decision to soon allow custom Top-Level Domains (e.g., .google, .disney, .newyork, .cars, etc.). Companies and other interested parties now have a bit more time to prepare for the change and decide whether to apply for new Top-Level …

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The estate of rock legend Jimi Hendrix won a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Seattle, Washington-based businessman who used the star’s name and image to promote his brand of vodka. In Experience Hendrix LLC et al v. Electric Hendrix LLC et al, Case No. 2:07-cv-00338-TSZ (W.D. Wash. 2009). a U.S. District Court judge ruled HENDRIX …

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Don’t forget to check the fine print (with your attorney). If you don’t want to view the entire episode, read below: Michael Scott wants to sell paper. Borrowing an idea from the Roald Dahl book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he decides to put 5 Golden Tickets in pallets of paper to be randomly shipped …

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Kia Motors America, Inc. v. Autoworks Distributing, Civil No. 06-156 (February 26, 2009). Plaintiff Kia Motors America was none too pleased that Defendant Autoworks was selling “KIA” parts for below dealer net prices. It sued under the Lanham Act, claiming the parts were either gray market goods (parts authorized by Kia but not intended for …

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