Intellectual Property Rights

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Nov 30, 2011

The Maharishi Foundation - an Iowa-based non-profit organization devoted to disseminating the teachings of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the Meditation House, described on its website as a "center for healing" with locations in San Diego, New York City and Des Moines, Iowa.

In its complaint, the Maharishi Foundation alleges that the Meditation House's false advertising, touting benefits of meditation that are not true, will confuse consumers and dilute the value of Maharishi's

Nov 29, 2011

TATS Cru, a Bronx-based crew of graffiti artists, has threatened legal action against carmaker Fiat and Fiat's advertising agency, Doner, alleging that a recently released Fiat TV ad starring pop superstar Jennifer Lopez features a copyrighted TATS Cru graffiti design.

Nov 29, 2011

Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain that has been using the slogan "Eat Mor Chikin" since 1995, recently threatened legal action against 39-year-old Bo Muller-Moore of Vermont, alleging that Moore's hand-printed tee-shirts featuring the phrase "Eat More Kale" constitute trademark infringement.

In October, Muller-Moore's attorney received a letter from Chick-fil-A, stating that the restaurant had become aware of Muller-Moore's pending trademark application for the "Eat More Kale

Nov 28, 2011

The Cavern Club, the famous Liverpool venue where the Beatles played hundreds of performances before achieving worldwide stardom, recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Hard Rock Cafe International.

At issue is the Hard Rock's use of the name "The Cavern Club" for a small events space at the chain's Las Vegas location. The Seminole Tribe of Florida, which owns Hard Rock International, possesses the U.S. trademark for the Cavern Club name, and the current lawsuit seeks to overturn a recent U.S.

Nov 28, 2011

Skullcandy, a Utah-based company that makes headphones and other audio gear, recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Skelanimals - a company that makes toys, apparel and other lifestyle products - alleging Skelanimal's use of skeleton imagery violates Skullcandy's trademarks.

Skullcandy's trademarked logo - a stylized human skull - has been in use since 2003, appearing on headphones, clothing, accessories and other products, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.