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Starbucks and Ethiopia in Heated Trademark Dispute

Ethiopia and coffee have a long history together. Ethiopian natives claim that coffee originated within their country. The name “coffee” itself is thought to have been derived from the Ethiopian city Kaffa. The parent plant to the coffee bean, coffea arabica, is indigenous to Ethiopia and has been cultivated there for over 1,000 years. Coffee [...]

DEAD: Patent 4,651,217 for Video Projector

United States Patent No. 4,651,217 (“the ’217 patent”) expired on March 17, 1987 for VIDEO PROJECTOR. American consumers’ appetites for bigger and sharper television screens has led to numerous technological advances over the years. To this day, new ads from television manufacturers are popping up all the time, claiming that the ads’ products have the [...]

ALIVE: Patent 7,189,914 for Automated Music Harmonizer

United States Patent No. 7,189,914 (“the ’914 patent”) issued on March 13, 2007 for AUTOMATED MUSIC HARMONIZER. When musicians compose music, they usually think of a melody, then they might add some harmony, and sometimes they will write lyrics to accompany the music. In music, harmony is the pleasing accompaniment to the melody, or the [...]

Cybersquatting on the Rise, Microsoft Looking to Take Action

The number of cybersquatting complaints received by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) increased by twenty-five percent in 2006. Most of the cases involved registration of trademark names as domain names, and most of the companies who reported the cases are information technology, pharmaceutical, and financial companies. A total of 1,823 alleged cybersquatting complaints were [...]

DEAD: Patent 4,648,130 for Radio-thermal Headband

United States Patent No. 4,648,130 (“the ’130 patent”) expired on March 3, 1987 for RADIO-THERMAL HEADBAND. The old adage goes the more things change, the more they stay the same. Applying that principle, people exercise in a similar manner today as they did twenty years ago. Jogging, biking, and participating in sports are just some [...]

NFL Wants to Trademark "The Big Game"

Already holding trademark rights to “Super Bowl,” “Super Sunday,” and just about every other phrase heard throughout professional football, the NFL now seeks to gain protection for the phrase “The Big Game.” The NFL was prompted to file for protection after Super Bowl advertisers circumvented the NFL’s existing trademark rights by advertising their products for [...]

Patent Office, Meet Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is the phrase coined by O’Reilly Media in 2004 to describe the wave of new websites that offer user-edited content. Sites such as mySpace, Wikipedia, and Flickr offer users the chance to post, share, and add information to emphasize online collaboration. Starting this Spring, the U.S. Patent Office will join in on this [...]

Cisco, Apple Settle iPhone Dispute

After filing a trademark infringement lawsuit a couple of months ago, Cisco has dismissed any pending legal actions with Apple regarding the ‘iPhone’ trademark, and the companies have agreed to share the mark. In the lawsuit filed January 10, Cisco alleged that Apple’s use of the iPhone mark constituted a “willful and malicious” violation of [...]