Intellectual Property Rights

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

Sep 29, 2011

Pop superstar Lady Gaga recently filed a lawsuit against Excite Worldwide, alleging the Chicago-based company has filed frivolous and illegitimate trademark applications that are interfering with her own applications.

Excite has launched a line of jewelry and cosmetics called Lady Gaga by Design, which the "Born this Way" singer says she is not affiliated with.

Sep 28, 2011

Video game company Bethesda recently sued independent game developer Mojang for trademark infringement.

The suit alleges the title of the upcoming Mojang game "Scrolls" is too similar to Bethesda's Elder Scrolls game series, and will be confused with the series' next installment, "Skyrim."

Bethesda's legal action comes on the heels of a cease-and-desist letter it sent to Mojang developer Marcus Persson in August. Persson announced he had received that letter via Twitter.

Sep 28, 2011

S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., recently filed a lawsuit against Nutraceutical Corporation, alleging Neutraceutical's Bug Off-brand insect repellent infringes on trademarks S.C. Johnson owns for its repellent of the same name.

According to the complaint, S.C.

Sep 27, 2011

A jury might decide whether R&B superstar Usher Raymond committed copyright infringement by stealing key elements of Ernest Lee Straughter's 1998 song "Reasons" to create his own 2004 Billboard No. 1 single, "Burn."

In August, Judge Christina Snyder denied passing summary judgment and said the case could move forward.

Sep 27, 2011

The Kilimanjaro Corporation, owner of the copyright to Harlan Ellison's famous science fiction short story "Repent, Harlequin!