Monthly Archive: June 2009

Netflix, the web based DVD rental service, launched as contest in 2006 offering a 1 million dollar prize to team that develops a recommendation algorithm that is shown to be 10% better that Netflix’s current recommendation engine. To those in the programming community, the challenge has been compared to scaling Mount Everest. Has the summit …

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In a long and hard fought battle, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has given renowned fashion designer, Joseph Abboud, a chance to reclaim his name. Issuing a sweeping injunction in June 2008, a Southern District of New York court enjoined Abboud from using his name to sell, market or promote his own business, goods …

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St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has sued Twitter, the popular micro-blogging service in San Francisco Superior Court alleging: Trademark Infringement, False Designation of Origin, Trademark Dilution, Cybersquatting, Misappropriation of Name, and Misappropriation of Likeness. In the Complaint, Mr. La Russa states the defendant owns the domain name twitter.com, and pursuant thereto, twitter.com/TonyLaRussa. Mr. …

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As of last Saturday, Facebook users have been able to register personalized URLs of their choice for their Facebook home page (e.g., facebook.com/myusername). Approximately 5.75 million users signed up for their own URL over the weekend (also called “Vanity URLs”). These new usernames could potentially be anything, including someone else’s trademark. To help trademark owners …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cobaltlaw.com/new-facebook-policy-affects-trademark-owners-if-you-did-not-reserve-your-registered-trademarks-with-facebook-on-time-here-is-your-recourse/