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Martha Stewart Draws Ire over Name of New Furniture Line

It appears as though Martha Stewart is facing some criticism from the citizens of her new hometown. Named after a 17th-century Indian chief, Katonah, N.Y. has been home to Stewart since 2000. She recently applied for the trademark “KATONAH” for her new line of furniture, the “Katonah Collection,” and some of her neighbors are less [...]

DEAD: Printing Calculator

United States Patent No. 4,635,219 (“the ’219 patent”) expired on January 6, 2007 for a PRINTING CALCULATOR. Calculators have long been used to aid in performing calculations. For many years, calculators were strictly mechanical and some date back almost 2,500 years. The Abacus was one of the first of such devices. Still in limited use [...]

USPTO to Cease Top 10 List

In a move to emphasize quality over quantity, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Monday said that it will no longer release its annual Top 10 list of the organizations or corporations who receive the most patents in a calendar year. The agency will release its last list in April, and will list the [...]

Supreme Court Decision Hints at Stricter Patent-Granting Requirements

The Supreme Court recently handed down its decision in MedImmune, Inc. v. Genetech, Inc. The issue that the Court faced in this case was whether the “actual controversy” requirement of the Declaratory Judgment Act requires a patent licensee to commit material breach of the license agreement before filing an action for declaratory judgment, an action [...]

Apple Sued Over iPhone Trademark

Tech giant Cisco brought a trademark infringement suit against Apple on Wednesday, January 11, 2007 in District Court in the Northern District of California. Seeking a injunctive relief, Cisco claims that Apple’s new iPhone violates its trademark. The iPhone is Apple’s highly-anticipated all-in-one device that can play music, surf the web, access email, and send [...]

ALIVE: COLLAPSIBLE CAR SUN SHADE

United States Patent No. 7,150,306 (“the ’306 patent”) issued on December 19, 2006 for a COLLAPSIBLE CAR SUN SHADE. Summer usually brings to mind thoughts of warm weather and outdoor activities. It might also bring to mind the dreaded feeling of entering a car that has been baking in the sun for a long time. [...]

Tribute Bands, Their Impact on Copyright and Trademark Infringement, and the Fair Use Defense

On November 22, 2006, the band Australian Pink Floyd played a show at Allstate Arena in front of over 10,000 people, and for a ticket price of $49.50. The band proclaims itself as “the World’s No. 1 Pink Floyd Tribute band,” they play only Pink Floyd songs, and they use similar lights and special effects [...]