19
Dec/03

Text of Verizon/ RIAA Decision


Verizon does not have to identify computer users to the RIAA.  D.C. Circuit opinion here.



19
Dec/03

Wurst Names


IPKAT article on appellations of origin awarded for THURINGER LEBERWURST, THURINGER ROTWURST and THURINGER ROSTBRATWURST.



19
Dec/03

Hiding Out in Iraq and Roll Band


Not trademark, but why not post it. Can’t take credit for the photo or the title.



19
Dec/03

Slow News Day in Singapore?


Singapore company registers domain name for new name, ahead of squatters, makes news.



19
Dec/03

Counterfeiting Round-Up


A Florida woman is arrested for selling counterfeit goods at a ‘handbag party.’ Video coverage here.

Reuters reports that New York City loses $500 million annually in unpaid taxes due to counterfeits.  Photos of a NYC warehouse bust seizing $1 million in counterfiets here, via Newsday.



18
Dec/03

Today's Wall Street Journal


Today’s Wall Street Journal is chock full of interesting bits.  Page B1 has an article entitled “Kraft’s Stale Strategy” discussing setbacks for Kraft in relying on line- or brand- extensions for decades-old brands such as PHILIDELPHIA CREAM CHEESE, KOOL-AID and RITZ CRACKERS.  Also on Page B1 is an article entitled “Can China Sell the World on Its Own Labels?” about, uh, that.  Finally, on page B4 is an article entitled “Vanity Plates Hit Web,” discussing the sale of ‘affinity’ email addresses.  Given that someone selling unauthorized OHIO STATE BUCKEYES merchandise using a “[email protected]” address creates some trademark issues, potential licensors should contemplate commercial use prohibitions in the T and Cs.



18
Dec/03

Further Delay of E-filing of Madrid Trademarks


The U.S. Trademark Office has pushed back electronic filing of Madrid trademarks to November of next year.  Announcement here.  Note that this doesn’t necessarily mean that e-filing won’t be available sooner than then.



16
Dec/03

CHEEZBORGER and Paradise


Cnn.com article re settlement between Chicago Restuarant using CHEEZBORGER CHEEZBORGER trademark, and Florida restaurant uzing CHEEBURGER CHEEBURGER trademark.



15
Dec/03

Titanium v. Titanium Nitride


Norelco has succeeded in obtaining a TRO regarding advertising for the Remington shaver, on false advertising grounds.  The decision was in the Southern District of NY on Friday. News coverage is somewhat sketchy but the suit centers around claims in the commercial that the shaver uses titanium, a metal, when in fact it contains titanium nitride, a ceramic.

Info on titanium, which apparently costs $100 a pound, here.

You can apply titanium nitride to strengthen your surface here.



12
Dec/03

Windows Enjoins Lindows in Finland and Sweden


Microsoft receives preliminary injunction against Lindows.com Inc.’s use of LINDOWS in Sweden and Finland.  Via Techworld.