Intellectual Property Rights

Get the latest news on intellectual property law, covering patents, trademarks and copyright.

Dec 19, 2011

Kalamazoo, Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery Inc. recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against California's Winery Exchange Inc.

The lawsuit is over Winery’s packaging for its Copper Bell beer, with Bell’s asserting the design has too many similarities to its trademarked logo. Winery’s beer features the word “Bell” much more prominently than the word “Copper,” and also features three kettles whose caps are bell-shaped.

Dec 16, 2011

MGA Entertainment, maker of the popular line of Bratz dolls, recently escaped unscathed from a copyright infringement lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed by Bernard Belair, a photographer whose advertisements for Steve Madden, featuring large-headed, small-bodied characters, first appeared in August 1999.

Dec 15, 2011

Washington-based sports equipment company Brooks recently settled a copyright infringement suit against Paul’s Warehouse, an Australian retailer.

Brooks suspected Paul’s was producing counterfeit products in early 2011. Investigating the matter, Brooks found that Paul’s had been importing and selling counterfeit athletic shoes.

Dec 14, 2011

Citing copyright infringement, Universal Music Group, one of America’s “big four” record companies, recently removed a music video from YouTube that had been uploaded by MegaUpload.

MegaUpload, whose downloading and uploading services are free, believes Universal has abused America’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and is now taking legal action against Universal.

The video, which featured several well-known music artists including Lil John, Alicia Keys and Kanye West, is an advertising tool used to promote MegaUpload’s services, with the stars

Dec 13, 2011

MGM Resorts International, owner of such popular Las Vegas resorts and casinos as the Excalibur and the Bellagio, recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the owner of the Internet domain excaliburpoker.com.

Excaliburpoker.com owner and operator Adam Majewski does not believe his website’s name infringes on MGM’s rights.

“Excalibur is not a distinctive mark,” Majewski’s court documents stated, according to the Las Vegas Sun. “It was the sword of kings in the Arthur legends.