Intellectual Property Rights

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

Dec 12, 2011

National Football League franchise the Oakland Raiders recently sued a hamburger chain for trademark infringement. 

Nation’s Giant Hamburgers has been using the slogan “Raid a Nation’s” in many of its print advertisements, including a billboard that is located right next to the Coliseum, the Raider’s home stadium.

Dec 9, 2011

Croatian journalist James J. Braddock recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Angelina Jolie, alleging she based a screenplay on his 2007 novel, “The Soul Shattering.”

The film, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” will be Jolie’s writing and directorial debut, and is slated for a December 23 release.

Braddock, whose real name is Josip J.

Dec 8, 2011

Bayer HealthCare LLC has won two lawsuits over trademark violations related to two of its anti-flea medications, Advantix and Advantage. 

The suits were filed against drug company Cipla Ltd. and website operator Archipelago Suppliers for using similar names for their anti-flea prescriptions. Cipla, which was making anti-flea medication DA Double Advantage, will pay Bayer $100,000 for legal fees and will forego $100,000 in estimated profits from DA Double Advantage.

Dec 7, 2011

Apple’s popular tablet product, the iPad, might no longer be called by its common moniker in China: The company recently lost a lawsuit to trademark the product’s name in that country. 

Apple was handed the lawsuit by Taiwanese company Proview Technology, Inc.

Dec 6, 2011

Bikram Choudhury, founder of the popular Bikram Yoga practice, undertaken in temperatures up to 105 degrees, is suing fellow hot yoga instructor Greg Gumucio for copyright infringement.

Choudhury believes that Gumucio’s chain of yoga studios, called Yoga for the People, is using the Bikram yoga practices unlawfully. Gumucio, a graduate of the Bikram Yoga Instructor school, holds “Traditional Hot Yoga” classes at his studios, and, although utilitizing the same 26-pose sequence as Bikram, strongly believes his courses are perfectly legal.