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Indian Patent Law Challenged by Swiss Pharmaceutical Company

Novartis, a Swiss drug manufacturing company, faced defeat in the Madras high court of India in an attempt to amend Indian Patent law. Novartis sought protection against the manufacture of generic goods and incremental changes to existing drugs. Indian patent law limits patent protection in the pharmaceutical field to only entirely new compounds and does [...]

Johnson & Johnson sues Red Cross

Johnson & Johnson, Co. sued the American Red Cross (ARC) for the relief agency’s use of Johnson & Johnson’s trademarked red cross logo. The ARC used the logo on the agency’s distribution of first aid kits, hand sanitizers and medical gloves that were sold to the public. In the lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson seeks an [...]

Apple Hit With Patent Infringement Suit

On Monday, August 6, 2007, Florida-based SP Technologies filed a patent infringement suit against Apple, Inc. (Apple), the second intellectual property lawsuit to target Apple’s new iPhone. SP Technologies alleges that the iPhone’s keyboard infringes U.S. Patent No. 6,784,873 (“the ’873 patent”), which issued in 2004. The ’873 patent discloses a device with an “input [...]

Alive: Multi-Sensor Monitoring of Athletic Performance

United States Patent No. 7,254,516 (“the ’516 patent”) issued on August 7, 2007 for MULTI-SENSOR MONITORING OF ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE. The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a fully functional satellite system that allows users with a GPS receiver to identify their global location. Consumers often use GPS in their automobiles for driving assistance. That may soon [...]

Potential Trademark Dispute Involving Harry Potter

While Harry Potter makes a splash in the box offices and book stands, the author, J.K. Rowling, might face a trademark infringement action for use of the word “muggles.” For those who do not know, a “muggle” is the term Rowling uses to describe human beings with no magical powers. However, Jim Salzer of Venture [...]

Shaolin Temple Fights Back

The monks of the world famous Shaolin temple, the birth place of Shaolin Boxing, filed for protection of the Shaolin mark. The monks of the temple want to curb misuse of the mark by international traders who are using it for commercial purposes. Nestled in the foothills of central China, the temple was established in [...]

Jolie Drops Protest to "Shiloh" Trademark

Trademark applicant Symine Salimpour’s got into a legal dispute with perhaps the most famous mother on the planet. Fortunately for Salimpour, the dispute concluded almost as quickly and quietly as it began. Salimpour, a fragrance designer for her own fashion company, claims that she began development of a fragrance two years ago. Salimpour selected the [...]

Pepsi and Coke at it Again, This Time for … Patent Infringement?

Everyone knows about the long-standing battle between PepsiCo and Coca-Cola Co. Which company’s beverages taste better? Which company manufactures more flavors of soft drinks? Which company has more market share? It may be easy for one to see how the two soft drink makers have issues with the use of each other’s trademarks. However, who [...]

Levi’s Sues Ralph Lauren for Trademark Infringement

Popular jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. (“Levi”) owns the oldest known apparel trademark in the United States, a mark that dates back to 1873. Levi’s mark covers an “arcuate” stitching design located on the back pocket of Levi’s jeans. Even though the mark is over 130 years old, perpetual use on goods in commerce [...]