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TRADEMARK FOR ZIDANE’S HEAD-BUTT

Zinedine Zidane (http://www.zidane.fr/homepage.html), a recently retired French soccer player, has been consistently ranked as one of the top soccer players of all time. He announced earlier this spring that he would retire after the 2006 World Cup (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/). The French soccer team advanced to the finals eventually losing the final game to Italy. However, while [...]

DEAD: ICE AND SNOW MELT

United States Patent No. 4,597,884 (“the ’884 patent”) issued on July 1, 1986 for ICE AND SNOW MELT and is expired. There are many materials used to melt snow and ice such as calcium chloride, sodium chloride (rock salt), CMA (calcium-magnesium-acetate) and the material of the ’884 patent. Since ice and snow melting materials have [...]

ALIVE: ICE CREAM MAKER

United States Patent No. 7,081,265 (“the ’265 patent”) issued on July 25, 2006 for an ICE CREAM MAKER. Ice cream is one of the few foods that has a national holiday. President Ronald Reagan made July 16 National Ice Cream Day. Ice cream is a dessert made by simultaneously cooling and stirring a dairy mixture. [...]

Game Over: Microsoft and Nintendo are Sued for Controller Designs

On July 31, 2006, Texas-based Anascape brought a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft and Nintendo in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The lawsuit alleges the defendants’ infringement of twelve patents which were issued to Anascape between 1999 and 2005. The patents have titles like “3D controller with vibration” (U.S. Patent [...]