Trademark

Mojang granted use of “Scrolls” name by Bethesda

Mojang granted use of “Scrolls” name by Bethesda

Mojang, the company behind wildly popular game Minecraft, were being sued by Bethesda Softworks over the title of Mojang’s next game, titled “Scrolls”. Bethesda argued that the title was too similar to “The Elder Scrolls”, and a legal tumble followed. Soon after, Notch, the head of Mojang, declared that Bethesda and Mojang should settle their differences with a Quake 3 tournament, the winner taking the “Scrolls” name.

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Apple: Proview is misleading over iPad

Apple: Proview is misleading over iPad

Apple has renewed its offensive against iPad trademark foe Proview, claiming the company "is misleading Chinese courts and customers" and accusing it of trying to shake down Apple so that it can pay off its neglected debts. The Cupertino company pointed to its own track record of IP registration as evidence that it respects trademarks, the Washington Post reports, though Proview's lawyers maintain that Apple is looking to "mislead the courts, the public and media."

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Judges deny CrackBerry trademark attempt

Judges deny CrackBerry trademark attempt

BlackBerry smartphone maker RIM is having an undeniably hard time on the market today. The company has seen the popularity of its smartphones with the average consumer and governmental agencies that for so long relied on the BlackBerry wane significantly. Many companies, government organizations, and consumers are replacing their BlackBerry devices with the iPhone or Android smartphones. However, RIM did get a bit of good news recently.

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Apple: Proview iPad trademark “harms consumer interests”

Apple: Proview iPad trademark “harms consumer interests”

Apple has warned Chinese courts that ruling against it in the ongoing Proview iPad trademark case would "harm consumer interests" and "cause confusion", despite the fact that its Hong Kong foe has supposedly been using the name since 2001. "Consumers in China have come to associate this trademark with Apple's tablet computer" a lawyer from Apple's legal team told the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong this week, Bloomberg reports, arguing that Proview should no longer be allowed to use the brand in the country.

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Apple “intentionally mislead” over iPad trademark claims Proview

Apple “intentionally mislead” over iPad trademark claims Proview

Apple faces renewed criticism over the Proview iPad trademark case, amid accusations that the shell company Apple set up deliberately mislead over its intended use of the trademark in order to secure the sale. Proview, which is currently suing Apple in the US, claims Apple's "special purpose company" IPADL (IP Application Development Ltd) assured the Taiwanese firm that it sought the trademark as "it is an abbreviation for the company name" the BBC reports.

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Apple sued in US over iPad trademark

Apple sued in US over iPad trademark

Apple's iPad trademark headaches continue, with Chines foe Proview suing the Cupertino company in the US, along with accusing it of using a fake company to con Proview into believing it would not present competition in the market. Proview filed its suit at the Santa Clara Superior Court on February 17, Proview spokeswoman Alice Wang confirmed to the AP, citing Apple's use of the iPad trademark in the Chinese market. The company claims it believed it was negotiating with an IP developer, which would not offer hardware competition for sales in China.

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Samsung files trademark on Galaxy Axiom, Awaken, Heir, Rite names

Samsung files trademark on Galaxy Axiom, Awaken, Heir, Rite names

Mobile World Congress 2012 kicks off next week and at the show, we will undoubtedly see hordes of the smartphones and other devices launch. If you're a big fan of smartphones of any brand or type, this is the show where you'll see many of the new high-end devices set to land this year. SlashGear and Android Community will be at the show so stay tuned for more coverage. Samsung filed several trademark applications on February 16 for device names expected to be smartphones.

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Apple escapes iPad sales ban but Proview war isn’t over

Apple escapes iPad sales ban but Proview war isn’t over

Apple has successfully squashed attempts to secure a preliminary sales injunction against the iPad 2 in Shanghai, keeping the iOS tablet on Chinese shelves and casting further doubt over the future success of  Proview's trademark case. The Shanghai court suspended the case and rejected Proview's demands for an early sales ban on the iPad, the WSJ reports, until it could hear the trademark ruling being argued in the Guangdong provincial high court.

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Apple threatens Proview over iPad defamation

Apple threatens Proview over iPad defamation

Apple has fired back at Chinese firm Proview, threatening legal action for potentially damaging its reputation with "information contrary to the facts" about the iPad trademark in China. "It is inappropriate to release information contrary to the facts to the media, especially when such disclosures have the effect of wrongfully causing damage to Apple's reputation" the letter, provided to PC World, reads; Apple sent it to Proview after the company's founder held a press conference last week. Proview founder Yang Rongshan had claimed Apple attempted to buy the Chinese iPad trademark from a subsidiary of the company which did not have the authority to sell it, and insisted that the deal was thus invalid.

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Apple iPad trademark case detailed as Proview factory decays

Apple iPad trademark case detailed as Proview factory decays

Increasing attention on Apple-suing Taiwanese display firm Proview today as the company readies a $2bn lawsuit in the US, with suggestions that Proview facilities are physically crumbling while details of Apple's £35k iPad trademark buy emerge. Chinese site Caixin dispatched photographers to Proview's flagship Shenzhen factory, only to find it desolate, barely-staffed and falling apart. Meanwhile, it's been revealed that Apple paid £35,000 (over $55,000 at today's rates) to buy the iPad trademark, with documents lending weight to suspicions that Proview is hoping to double-dip with the Cupertino company so as to rescue itself from financial ruin.

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