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.
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.
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.
Pop quiz: Which of these logos belongs to Sony Ericsson and which belongs to Clearwire? If you don't know the answer, then you've justified the federal trademark lawsuit Sony Ericsson just filed.
It amazes me that companies still have the bollocks to trademark plain English phrases. The worst thing is that they do it all the time. The latest case: Apple has been awarded a trademark for "There's an app for that".
First Facebook didn't want anyone else to have the word "book" in the name of his or her online community and now it doesn't want anyone to have the word "face" either.
On December 10, 2009, Google applied for a trademark on the Nexus One name, but it looks like they've been rejected:
If Nintendo's follow-up to the Wii is actually called the Zii, I think that's the first mistake right there. But could this mysterious trademark, filed in Japan in October, actually be for the Wii 2, or something else?