Video game fans have been anticipating the latest franchise from CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077, for years. But only recently did it come to light that the makers of The Witcher franchise had trademarked the term “Cyberpunk” and this week some fans cried foul. Now, the developer is insisting that everything is ok and…
In Riverdale, the lovely insanity that is the TV version of Archie, Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) are together. And, in this day and age, a relationship means a portmanteau couple name. Since no one can agree on just one for these two, Archie Comics just went ahead and filed a trademark…
Update: After looking into the site’s registration date and the supposed timeline of The Trump Organization’s cease and desist letters, Gizmodo has serious doubts about the veracity of this story, which appears to be a massive troll. We’re sorry, and we’ll do better.
Back in 2010, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Citigroup a trademark for “thankyou,” which the company uses for credit card services. Today the company is suing AT&T over its own use of the terms “thanks” and “thanks AT&T.” Check the date, because this isn’t April Fool’s.
The Fine Brothers pissed off a lot whole lot of people when they announced a bold new scheme to trademark the word “react” last week. I’m one of those people, and I don’t even have any aspirations to be a YouTube star. I just hate greedy idiots.
Twitter has filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to trademark “subtweet.” A subtweet, for the mercifully uninformed, is a passive-aggressive tweet that mentions someone without using their Twitter name. Before anyone goes around screaming about how this means Twitter now owns…
Poor Adobe. Along with everyone pre-eulogizing Flash, the only other property of theirs you can name—Photoshop—is in danger. Intellectual property danger.
How well do you understand copyright and trademark law? When you travel about the Internet or make art, do you know what you are and aren't allowed to do, or do you have intellectual property myths stuck in your brain. We take a few claims we've seen time and again, and compare them to the law.
If you're like me, you've spent countless hours surfing IkeaHackers, where Ikea fans send in their mods and hacks. You've also probably spent money at Ikea thanks to the site, which has inspired a DIY fervor among its fans. Which is why Ikea shutting down IkeaHackers this weekend over trademark claims is beyond…
It won't surprise you to hear that Google is desperately trying to trademark the world Glass—but it may raise a wry smile on your face when you find out that the U.S. government is taking exception to the idea.
Dow Chemical Company would like to clear up a massive misunderstanding. STYROFOAM™, registered trademark, is not the foamy white stuff that makes up coffee cups or takeout trays or packing peanuts or egg cartons or even movie props. No, STYROFOAM™ usually comes in light blue sheets, and real STYROFOAM™ is used for…
Yes, you are looking at a technical drawing of an Apple store. And yes, it does form part of an approved trademark request which means nobody can imitate Apple's temples to tech.
Homo floresiensis likely stood about 3'6", making this prehistoric human roughly the average height of one of J.R.R. Tolkien's Hobbits. For years, Flores Man has been referred to by the nickname "hobbit," contributing to the species' popularity. But one company that owns film rights in The Hobbit has decided that the…
Proview—the former owners of the iPad trademark in China—is suing Apple in California for "fraud by intentional misrepresentation, fraud by concealment, fraudulent inducement, and unfair competition." Are they right? This is how Apple tricked them. You be the judge:
Musician Ali Spagnola tours around the country righteously promoting collective binge drinking with her Power Hour Concerts. Then she got sued. Now she's selling Power Hour USB Shot Glasses to pay her legal fees. Will you marry me, Ali? Or can we at least drink together?
The juicemongers behind iFrukt either give zero fucks about the legal ramifications of ripping off Apple's trade dress and using the come sue us! iPrefix—or maybe there just aren't any intellectual property laws in Belarus? Infringement is delicious!
Apple's been trying to stop Amazon's use of "Appstore" since its inception. Unfortunately for them, the federal judge presiding over the case said that Apple's difficulty in presenting evidence of customer confusion will likely lead to her denying the motion
Remember the daring youth Fei Lam, who sold $130,000 worth of his own grey market white iPhone 4s long before Apple? Yeah, they weren't pleased about that, and finally sued him. And, it looks like he's already settled.