Full Patent Downloads Now Available In late August 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has finally offered full patent downloads with images. This is a great leap forward for our patent office. In order to use this excellent added feature, simply search the USPTO website as usual. You will find the quick search link…

Ludvdarts and Digipie sued AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile for copyright infringement No Vicarious Liability for Wireless Network Carriers – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court upheld a decision that dismissed claims of vicarious copyright infringement against major wireless providers due to a lack of any system of supervision in…

Deadspin.com Gets Called A Suckerfish Peteski Productions, representing Dr. Phil, filed suit against Gawker Media, for posting footage of the Dr. Phil show on Deadspin.com. The suit, filed in Texarkana, Texas, claims Gawker provided the video online prior to the show airing in most major markets. One particularly interesting part of the lawsuit, the plaintiff…

Stolen Magic Trick Starts Lawsuit Teller Sues for Theft of a Magic Trick – Teller, of the famous duo Penn & Teller, is suing Gerard Dogge for copyright infringement. Dogge is accused of taking a trick called Shadows and posting it on YouTube under the title The Rose & Her Shadow, offering to reveal the…

USPTO Withdrew Prior Rejection The trademark office previously rejected Apple’s trademark application for ‘iPad Mini’ for being merely descriptive. The examiner defined iPad as merely descriptive because the examiner stated that ‘i’ in ‘iPad’ represents ‘internet’ and ‘Pad’ represents a tablet. Furthermore, ‘Mini’ is simply refers to the products size. Therefore, the entire mark is…

Patent Rules Change On March 16th 2013 The USPTO was flooded with about five times as many applications on the week ending on March 15, 2013. Ordinarily, the Patent Office receives an average of 7,205 applications per week. On this mid-March week, the office received a staggering 34,112 patent applications in anticipation of the new…

Thomas Machine Gun Sues Tommy Gun Vodka Saeilo Enterprises Inc, the manufacturer of the Thomson Machine Gun, also known as the Tommy Gun, sued the Alphonse Capone Enterprises Inc., the producers of Tommy Gun Vodka . The Tommy Gun gained infamy during the mob wars of the prohibition era. Saeilo Enterprises still manufactures and sells…

System Designed To Reduce Copyright Infringement On The Internet. The new Copyright Alert System (CAS) is a collaborative effort between many of the powerhouses in the entertainment industry and the large ISPs (Internet Service Providers). The system is designed to reduce copyright infringement on the internet. How it is intended to work: The copyright holders…

LMFAO Patent Rejected For Immoral Or Scandalous Behaviour The music group LMFAO has recently filed their applications with the USPTO for the second time. The Patent and Trademark Office rejected the first application, filed in 2009, due to the mark containing “immoral or scandalous matter.” Utilizing the Google search engine, the USPTO [correctly] determined that…

Trial Court Granted Google’s Motion For Summary Judgment Google and Rosetta Stone settled a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in 2009. Rosetta Stone sued Google, Inc. for selling advertisement keywords through Google’s Adwords system. Google sold the keyword “Rosetta Stone” to competitors. Rosetta Stone presented evidence of actual consumer confusion. Google argued that consumers are not…