Everything is Not Coming Up Apple in Switzerland


Because of a trademark issue, the Apple Watch may be blocked from being sold in Switzerland until at least after December 5 of this year. Swiss watchmaker Leonard Timepieces currently has a trademark that prevents third parties from using “apple” or showing the image of an apple in class 14, which includes jewelry, precious stones, timepieces, and watches. Leonard Timepieces has a trademark for: Owned by William Longe, Leonard Timepieces filed for its trademark protection with the Swiss Federal Institute of...
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Google Plans to Fight Patent Trolls by Purchasing Their Patents


Non-practicing entities (NPEs), otherwise known as “patent trolls,” are generally entities that own patents without entering commerce and that use those patents to threaten lawsuits against businesses and entrepreneurs, demanding licensing fees for their patents’ use. They’re a growing problem that Google says it will help stop by attempting to buy the patents directly from the trolls themselves. From May 8 to May 22, Google will hold “Patent Purchase Promotion,” through which patent owners,...
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Remember the Alamo – And Get a License


The Alamo Mission building in San Antonio, Texas, is central to state history and is said to be the most popular tourist destination in the Lone Star State. For many, the distinctive curved parapet is recognizable on its own, but the proper use of that image is the subject of ongoing trademark disputes. In 2011, the Texas General Land Office (“GLO”) took over custodianship of the Alamo from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. In an effort to increase funds for preservation of the building, and to prevent excessive...
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Hollywood, Television, and Sports Leagues Push Back Against Streaming App Periscope


The latest social media application on the rise is Periscope, which allows users to live stream content from their phone to other specific users or to the public if they wish. Many people, however, have used the app’s live-streaming function for “video piracy,” allowing viewers to access copyrighted content that is often, but not always, protected behind some sort of paywall. This issue first rose to prominence when some users streamed the fifth-season premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones. But it became a topic...
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Three Stripes and You’re Out: Will Marc Jacobs See Adidas in Court Over Trademark Infringement?


Last month, Adidas filed a complaint against high-end fashion brand Marc Jacobs to protect its iconic “Three Stripe Mark.” Along with trademark infringement, the complaint also accuses Marc Jacobs of unfair competition, trademark dilution and deceptive trade practices. Does Adidas have a strong case? Based on the brand’s long history and past success defending its trademark, Marc Jacobs may have an uphill battle.  Fashion is a fascinating industry regarding...
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Klemchuk LLP to Host 11th Annual Ethics CLE For Dallas IP Lawyers


Klemchuk LLP, a leading intellectual property (IP) law firm, announces its 11th annual Ethics CLE. The event will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 in Dallas and offers guests 90 minutes of ethics CLE credit in a fun and casual environment. The CLE features two 45-minute presentations. Tamera Bennett of Bennett Law Office, PC will discuss attorney advertising and website/social media compliance. William Cornelius, Jr. of Wilson, Robertson & Cornelius, P.C. will give an overview of the trend of declining civility, the cost and...
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Hedging Your Bets With the PTAB


The America Invents Act (AIA) created a proceeding called Inter Partes Review (IPR) to challenge the validity of an issued patent at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A petitioner may file an IPR to request to cancel one or more claims of an issued patent on the grounds of anticipation and/or obviousness based on patents or printed publications. Administrative Patent Law Judges in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) adjudicate IPR proceedings, and these proceedings are intended to be similar to validity challenges...
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