Trademark

Porn firm Vivid Entertainment Says HTC can’t use Vivid name on smartphone

Porn firm Vivid Entertainment Says HTC can’t use Vivid name on smartphone

I have seen some very strange cease and desist letters over the years, but HTC has been hit with one if the strangest ever. HTC has been hit with a cease and desist letter from porn firm Vivid Entertainment over the use of the Vivid name on the LTE packing Android smartphone we reviewed not long ago. The porn firm wants HTC to stop using the name or face suit.

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Apple multi-touch trademark application rejected

Apple multi-touch trademark application rejected

Apple has been denied the "multi-touch" trademark, with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) deciding that it had already become generic in its usage. Although Apple attempted to trademark the term on the same day that the original iPhone was launched, January 9, 2007, the initial registration was rejected; Apple's appeal has similarly been denied, with the USPTO saying that "the examining attorney was not persuaded by applicant's showing of acquired distinctiveness."

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Quake 3 Video Game Challenge Laid Down with “Scrolls” Name as Prize

Quake 3 Video Game Challenge Laid Down with “Scrolls” Name as Prize

So there's this guy by the name of Notch, aka Markus "Notch" Persson, he's one of the original creators of the massively popular game Minecraft. Notch's developer group Mojang is currently in a trademark dispute with another group of developers by the name of Bethesda Softworks. The latter has threatened to sue the former because Mojang's new game by the name of "Scrolls" apparently doesn't seem far enough away from Bethesda's "The Elder Scrolls," a trademarked name they currently own. What Notch of Mojang here is suggesting is that a team of his best "warriors" and a team of Bethesda's best "warriors" go head to head in the first-person-shooter game Quake 3, the winner dropping their side of the dispute.

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Publisher sues Apple over iBooks trademark

Publisher sues Apple over iBooks trademark

The busiest people in the Apple corporate structure have to be the legal team. These guys and gals are constantly fighting off suits and filing suits for one reason or another. The legal team at Apple only recently settled with Nokia for patent infringement and now another suit has been filed against the corporation. A publisher in New York filed a trademark infringement suit against Apple this week. The publisher is John T. Colby.

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Apple Bashes Amazon’s Appstore As Inferior, Points Out Android Security Problems

Apple Bashes Amazon’s Appstore As Inferior, Points Out Android Security Problems

Apple and Amazon have been sparring over the "App Store" trademark since March when Amazon's Appstore launched to sell Android apps. Apple sued Amazon for trademark infringement while Amazon countered that the name "app store" was too generic.

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Apple Sued By iCloud Communications For Trademark Infringement

Apple Sued By iCloud Communications For Trademark Infringement

Apple's no stranger to trademark suits. We can certainly recall the Cisco trademark of the iPhone and the Fujitsu's trademark of the iPad. And now it looks like Apple is at it again, strong-arming its way into getting the name it wants even if that means getting sued. A company by the name iCloud Communications, LLC has just filed a trademark infringement suit against Apple for using the name iCloud and offering almost the same type of services.

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Sony files for trademark on PS Vita logo in EU

Sony files for trademark on PS Vita logo in EU

We all know that Sony is hard at work on a new portable game console to replace the PSP that hasn't sold well. The code name for the new console was NGP and the device is expected to get official for the first time at E3 this week. I mentioned last week that the source code on the PlayStation site had listed a couple occurrences of the PS Vita name, which is thought to be the official name for the NGP when it lands.

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ASUS ‘Padfone’ Trademark Applied For Upcoming Tablet/Phone Combo

ASUS ‘Padfone’ Trademark Applied For Upcoming Tablet/Phone Combo

With the success of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, the Taiwanese company is getting quite a lot of attention and excitement going for its next crop of mobile devices. For the upcoming Computex 2011 trade show, ASUS released a few teaser images to have us guessing. One of the images suggests a tablet and phone combo, and today we learn that it may be called the "Padfone."

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Amazon demands App Store trademark trash, says Steve Jobs made it generic

Amazon demands App Store trademark trash, says Steve Jobs made it generic

Amazon has joined Microsoft in calling for Apple's App Store trademark to be rejected, arguing that "because 'app store' is a generic term, and Amazon's use of the term causes no likelihood of confusion, dilution, 19 or unfair competition" the Apple legal case against them should be dropped. Like Microsoft, Amazon's argument is that Apple's own CEO, Steve Jobs, referred to generic "app stores" in the company's financial results call back in October 2010.

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Microsoft demands Apple “App Store” trademark brief rejection over tiny text

Microsoft demands Apple “App Store” trademark brief rejection over tiny text

The ongoing App Store trademark saga took a bizarre turn this week, with Microsoft demanding Apple's recent motion to dismiss the case be rejected because the company's lawyers used a tiny font. "Apple's response brief is 31 pages, including the table of contents and table of authorities, and on information and belief, is printed in less than 11 point font" the complaint suggests.

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HTC EVO View 4G trademark: Sprint WiMAX Flyer incoming?

HTC EVO View 4G trademark: Sprint WiMAX Flyer incoming?

Looks like the HTC EVO View 4G really is incoming at CTIA 2011 next month, with HTC filing a couple of trademark applications for the mysterious new device. Good and EVO spotted the listings - here and here - which confirm both the name and the 4G connectivity; we still don't know, however, whether the device is a smartphone or a tablet.

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Apple “Stylized Speech Bubbles” trademark tips new social networking service [Updated]

Apple “Stylized Speech Bubbles” trademark tips new social networking service [Updated]

With only hours to go until the launch of the iPad 2 and what's expected to be a demo of iOS 5.0, an Apple trademark submission has been spotted for what looks like a social messaging or online chat service. Filed on February 23, the "stylized speech bubbles" are in fact referenced in four separate submissions - 85249977, 85249986, 85250000 and 85250006 - with various classifications including "online social networking services."

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