Trademark Registrations top 2.47 Million in China

Tue, 20 Dec 2005 15:37:00 EST

"By the end of November, the accumulated number of registered trademarks reached 2.4714 million in the country ... As a result, 22,000 trademark-infringing cases have been investigated and dealt with according to law in 2005."

2005-12-20 QC Stats

Tue, 20 Dec 2005 11:25:00 EST

2005-12-20 Quality Control Stats

A Side-by-Side Comparison May Not Be the Best Form of Analysis

Tue, 20 Dec 2005 10:55:00 EST

"The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the denial of a preliminary injunction for trademark infringement, noting the lower court was inappropriately focused on a side-by-side comparison of the goods rather than on the purchasing context in which the marks appeared."

US Postal Service Denied Exclusive Use of Common Terms

Thu, 15 Dec 2005 10:22:00 EST

A Federal Court has denied the USPS's request to trademark common terms such as "priority mail," "signature confirmation," "first-class mail" as well as the USPS eagle design logo, in Canada.

EU: Prison over Infringement?

Thu, 15 Dec 2005 10:19:00 EST

"For once, declared adversaries are on the same side of an argument in the technology industry: They are urging European lawmakers to drop legislation that would impose prison time on patent violators, which they say would stifle innovation across Europe. Heavyweights like Nokia and Microsoft and grass-roots groups like the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure are making common cause against wide-ranging legislation proposed by the European Commission that would criminalize all intellectual property infringements, including patent violations."

Tiffany & Co. sues Tiffany's Restaurant

Tue, 15 Dec 2005 10:14:00 EST

Tiffany & Co., the famous jeweler, has launched a trademark-infringement lawsuit at Tiffany's Restaurant, a rib joint in New Jersey. Along with a demand that the restaurant stop using the name Tiffany, the jeweler has demanded an unspecified amount in damages which include all profits the restaurant chain has made using the name.

Famous Mark Trumps Birth Name

Sun, 13 Dec 2005 12:07:00 EST

Samantha Buck's business, Sambuck's Coffee, has lost its battle with Starbucks when a federal judge ruled that Starbucks' copyright protection trumped Samantha's ability to use her own name with her business.

eBay Seeks Injunction Against Perfume Bay

Sun, 13 Dec 2005 12:05:00 EST

The injunction on Perfume Bay, an online retailer of various perfume and skin-care merchandise, was overturned when the US District Court ruled that its use of 'Bay' was acceptable so long as the names were separated by a space. However, this meant that it's use of was unacceptable. The Court suggested the use of, instead. "The US District Court denied Perfume Bay's request for stay of the injunction when..."

2005-12-13 QC Stats

Tue, 13 Dec 2005 10:25:00 EST

2005-12-13 Quality Control Stats

EU: FIFA Wins Groundbreaking Dispute with Ferrero

Tue, 13 Dec 2005 10:06:00 EST

FIFA has successfully denied Ferrero from registering the trademark "Deutschland 2006," as it is similar to FIFA's own registered marks. "Despite the fact that Ferrero had expected such a petition from FIFA and had therefore deposited a so-called letter of protection with the court outlining its legal interpretation, the Hamburg district court ruled in favour of FIFA."

Least Developed Countries Granted Extension

Mon, 8 Dec 2005 16:52:00 EST

The World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Council for Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) has granted Least-Developed Countries an extension until July 1, 2013, to provide protection for trademarks, copyright, patents and other intellectual property under the WTO Agreement.

2005-12-06 QC Stats

Tue, 6 Dec 2005 11:28:00 EST

2005-12-06 Quality Control Stats

2005-11-30 QC Stats

Fri, 2 Dec 2005 13:16:00 EST

2005-11-30 Quality Control Stats

2005-11-29 QC Stats

Fri, 2 Dec 2005 13:14:00 EST

2005-11-29 Quality Control Stats

CIPO: Database Issue

Sat, 1 Dec 2005 17:04:00 EST

CIPO has informed us that new applications provided on Tuesday, Nov 29th 2005 did not have their classifications disseminated. The latest, correct update has been sent to us today, Dec 1st, and is being shipped today to all affected clients. We appologize for this inconvenience as, unfortunately, we received word of this problem the day after shipping the latest updates.

Version 8.5.1 Out the Door

Sat, 1 Dec 2005 16:05:00 EST

Revision 1 is going out the door this week with the latest batch of Master disks. With it come a minor enhancement and some bug fixes.

Subway Claims Exclusive Use of Term 'way'

Sat, 1 Dec 2005 16:05:00 EST

Subway is threatening to sue a father-and-son sandwich shop in Milford, Connecticut. Steakways Famous Philly Cheese Steaks has been in operation for a year now, but last month's legal threat has put its continued existance into question. Subway has ordered a cease and desist on the use of "Steakway," claiming it is confusingly similar to their own brand.

Registering a New .eu Top Level Doman

Sat, 1 Dec 2005 16:05:00 EST

"... foreign entities without a registered office, central administration, or principal place of business within the EU cannot register for a domain name under the .eu TLD. This holds true even for those foreign entities holding valid EU trademarks."

Mega Bloks Wins SCOC Ruling

Sat, 1 Dec 2005 16:05:00 EST

"Lego sought an injunction and damages from Mega Bloks. Lego believed it had a trademark on the look of the knobs on its blocks. After losing in lower courts, Lego appealed the case to the country's top court. Lego argued that Mega Bloks' advertising of its blocks could cause confusion between the two companies' products."

2005-10-04 Newsletter

Sat, 1 Dec 2005 16:03:00 EST

2005-10-04 Newsletter

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