Trademark

Tolkien estate sues over The Lord of the Rings slot machines

Tolkien estate sues over The Lord of the Rings slot machines

If you're a fan of the movies in The Lord of the Rings franchise or the original Tolkien books you might be interested in this report. The estate of the late author has sued Warner Bros. alleging that the movie company is overstepping its rights when it comes to merchandising The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien estate is upset over virtual goods.

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Microsoft officially leaving Windows 8 Metro brand in the dust

Microsoft officially leaving Windows 8 Metro brand in the dust

Microsoft confirmed today that it will indeed be ditching the Metro branding for Windows 8, and said it plans to introduce a new brand sometime later this week. We had a feeling that something like this was going to happen, thanks to this week's leak of internal Microsoft memos which signaled such a change. Apparently, Microsoft's decision to dump the branding comes from talks with "an important European partner" that left the company without much choice in the matter. To put it simply, Microsoft probably picked the term "Metro" without realizing that one its partners already held the trademark.

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Apple sued in China over Snow Leopard trademark

Apple sued in China over Snow Leopard trademark

Apple finally settled the iPad trademark case in mainland China, paying Proview $60 million to put the issue to rest. Now it looks like Cupertino will be coming under fire from another target: a Chinese chemical company is suing Apple over a Snow Leopard trademark. Jiangsu Xuebao claims to have filed the electrical equipment trademark protection back in 2000.

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Apple pays Proview $60m for iPad trademark

Apple pays Proview $60m for iPad trademark

Apple has settled its iPad trademark suit with Proview, agreeing to a $60m pay-out in order to use the iPad name for its tablet in China. "The iPad dispute resolution is ended," the Guangdong High People's Court confirmed in a statement. "Apple Inc. has transferred $60m to the account of the Guangdong High Court as requested in the mediation letter." Proview had argued that Apple's apparent purchase of the iPad trademark back in 2009 was not legally valid.

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Proview demands $400m for Chinese iPad trademark

Proview demands $400m for Chinese iPad trademark

Apple is believed to have offered $16m to Chinese firm Proview to finally secure use of the iPad trademark in China, but the ailing company is reportedly holding out for a huge $400m settlement. Although Apple confirmed it had made an offer to Proview earlier this week, it declined to specify what sums were discussed; according to sources familiar with the negotiations speaking to Chinese site Sina, however, Proview has been forced to demand far more than Apple is willing to offer, as its creditors ratchet up the pressure.

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Proview trademark claims tossed out of US courts

Proview trademark claims tossed out of US courts

Apple and Proview have been battling in Chinese courts for a long time over trademark claims for the iPad name in China. In the US, Proview claimed that Apple deceived it into the selling rights of the iPad name by saying the trademark was an abbreviation for the company name. Proview sold the rights to Apple for the iPad name for $55,000 back in 2009.

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Apple may lose iPad trademark in China

Apple may lose iPad trademark in China

Apple's chances of winning the iPad trademark battle in China may be slim, according to the remarks of senior official Fu Shuangjian, a deputy director of China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC). In one of the first public comments made by a government official about the Apple-Proview trademark controversy, Fu sided with Proview saying that the iPad trademark currently belongs to the Shenzhen company.

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Google wins Gmail trademark in Germany

Google wins Gmail trademark in Germany

Google has had its e-mail service available in Germany since 2005. However, the company hasn't been able to use the Gmail name since shortly after the service launched. The reason is that a German entrepreneur named Daniel Giersch held the trademark on G-mail as a short for Giersch mail. Apparently, the man hosted a physical and electronic mail service in Germany around 2000 under that name.

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Apple walks fine iPad trademark line warn experts

Apple walks fine iPad trademark line warn experts

Apple must balance a fine line between generic use of the iPad name for tablets and continued dominance of the slate segment, experts have warned, as the company faces the possibility of the trademark being deemed generic. The name of the best-selling tablet is already associated by many consumers as a catch-all term for tablets in general, the AP writes, despite the best efforts of Android slate manufacturers and others. However, while Apple's value hasn't been hurt by the sales success of the three generations of iPad, it could also potentially lose control of the name itself should courts decide it has too deeply entered the public lexicon.

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Facebook slips “Book” trademark grab into password-protecting policy tweak

Facebook slips “Book” trademark grab into password-protecting policy tweak

Facebook's recent privacy policy changes may have made it tougher for employers to demand users' passwords and could indeed spark a federal investigation, but the site also took the opportunity to slip in a spurious trademark claim. Among the tweaks was the addition of "Book" to the copyrights and trademarks section, ZDNet spotted, suggesting that by using Facebook you concede that they hold the rights to the term.

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