Trademark law can be a tricky thing, but people normally have a good idea when they’re illegally using a likeness. Wait, you do know that filming the Hollywood sign without permission can get you sued, right?
Darth Vader's caped getup and face mask is spooky and all, but there's nothing like the grisly, mechanical sound of his breath. Which is why Lucasfilm keeps a close eye on who uses it—even going so far as to trademark 234 seconds of it with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
It looks like Snapchat, everybody's favorite disappearing message app, is getting ready to handle mobile payments. This week, the company filed two payments-related trademarks that seem to signal a shift in its business. But don't get any bright ideas about Snapchat the disappearing money app. There's probably a…
With some directors, you can immediately tell you're watching a movie they directed just by looking at a still frame without any context. There's a visual style they stamp on their films, a certain special effect they like, a narrative preference they utilize, basically, a trademark they have. WatchMojo came up with a…
California resident Mark Towle runs car customizing shop Gotham Garage, which makes replicas of cars from TVs and movies. Naturally, Batmobiles were on the menu, at least until Warner Bros. smacked Towle with a lawsuit for violating its intellectual property. Now a U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Lew judge has ruled…
iPhone is a powerful name. It conjures up a the vision of a meticulously crafted phone, something that's a pleasure to hold and pleasant to look at. Most of all it makes you think of an Apple device. Well in Brazil, that's not necessarily the case. The "iphone" that came out there this week rocks Android 2.3.
Apple has scored trademarks for "retina" and "game center," which means cruise ships and your eyeballs ARE IN VIOLATION.
Apple's controversial Lightning connector has a name that nicely matches up with the Thunderbolt data connection. But its name caused Apple some trouble—because it had to buy the trademark from Harley-Davidson.
Trademarks an important way for businesses to market their goods to consumers, but sometimes it can be difficult to know whose intellectual property toes you're treading on. Here are six terms and concepts that companies claim to own, and some of them might surprise you.
Neil Young thinks music sounds like crap. Not in an old codger, music-just-ain't-the-same way, but in an I'm-developing-six-high-resolution-services sorta way. Which could be great! But why six?
Presumably meant as a way to improve investment opportunities into the upcoming Kindle Fire tablet and other related products, Amazon has spun that device and the Fire brand into a new company called Seesaw LLC.
It's not hyperbolic to say that Apple introduced multitouch to the masses with the iPhone. Apple thought that they could trademark it. Unfortunately for them, the United States Patent and Trademark Office thought differently. They've denied Apple the multitouch trademark.
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.
I'd have to agree with Microsoft here; I've always thought the term "App Store" was like calling your tissues brand "Tissues." They've filed a motion with the US Patent and Trademark Office, aiming to force Apple to give it up.
Facebook's been trying to register the word "face" as a trademark for a while, but now the US Patent Office has finally decided to grant the social network's application. Here are the details of what happened.
Make of it what you will, but HTC was busy in the trademark office on October 11, when it filed for a trademark on the term "HTC EVO Shift 4G."
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.