Intellectual Property Rights

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

Oct 3, 2011

In a recently filed trademark infringement lawsuit, the website contends that a new Facebook feature called Timeline will confuse users and compromise the branding of the Timelines site. describes itself as a website enabling users to "collaboratively record, discover and share history" by creating multimedia timelines.

Sep 30, 2011

A judge in Illinois has ruled that the trademark infringement case between social media website Facebook and Teachbook, a social network for teachers, can proceed.

Facebook filed the lawsuit in August 2010, alleging that the name Teachbook is too similar to Facebook, especially because Teachbook describes itself as an alternative networking site to Facebook.

Teachbook sought to have the case dismissed on grounds that its name only shares the word "book" with Facebook, and this word is too common

Sep 30, 2011

Personal care product maker Procter & Gamble is in a legal battle with Christy Prunier, a small business owner who says she is a victim of "trademark bullying."

At issue is the line of personal care products for preteen girls that Prunier developed and named after her daughter, Willa.

Sep 30, 2011

The woman known as "Queen Phara" to users of the video download site recently pleaded guilty to copyright infringement and faces possible jail time.

Queen Phara - real name Hana Beshara - was one of the founders of NinjaVideo and was the site's day-to-day administrator, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Sep 29, 2011

The fourth-largest U.S. mobile phone service, T-Mobile, recently filed a legal document related to on an intellectual property dispute between Apple and Samsung, arguing the court should not prohibit U.S. sales of Samsung's Galaxy line of cell phones and tablets.

At issue is Apple's claim that Samsung's Galaxy products infringe on iPhone patents. In April, Apple sued the South Korean company and requested an injunction against U.S.