Intellectual Property Rights

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

Oct 7, 2011

Intellectual Ventures, which Forbes identifies as the world's largest holder of patents, recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit against mobile phone company Motorola.

According to the suit, IV owns six patents related to technology Motorola uses in a number of its mobile phones and related products.

Oct 7, 2011

Minnesota-based Fortune 500 company 3M recently filed a lawsuit against the New York City-based Unemployed Philosophers Guild, alleging some of the company's novelty products infringe on 3M's trademarked Post-It brand of sticky notes.

3M introduced Post-It Notes in 1980, which according to the company's website "created a whole new category in the marketplace and changed people's communication and organization behavior forever."

Five years ago, Stephan Shaw and his brother, David, entered a new product into this marketplace category when they began s

Oct 6, 2011

Mark Tughan, owner of four comedy clubs in the U.K., has filed a trademark infringement claim in British Patents County Court, alleging the name of Twentieth Century Fox's hit U.S.

Oct 4, 2011

Earlier this year, Voltage Pictures filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in which it named more than 24,500 internet protocol addresses as defendants, alleging that each internet address represented a "Doe" who had illegally downloaded the studio's Oscar-winning film, "The Hurt Locker."

With less than 120 days remaining to serve papers to actual human beings, the studio recently voluntarily dismissed about 90 percent of the defendants.

Voltage asked the court for an extension of 60 days to identify the owners of about 2,300 ISP addresses still named

Oct 4, 2011

Youngblood Timepieces recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Fossil Inc., alleging the Fossil subsidiary Diesel is selling watches in the United States and the United Kingdom using the Youngblood name.

In a press release announcing the lawsuit, Youngblood said it has also named a number of retailers as co-defendants, including Macy's, Sears, Urban Outfitters and Amazon.com.

Describing itself as an "up and coming fashion watch line based in Oakland, California," Youngblood said it has outsold Fossil since launching in 2008, and now the longer-est