Intellectual Property Rights

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

Nov 2, 2011

Graphic designer Bill Dawson recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Millennium Films, alleging the studio has been unlawfully using a logo Dawson created.

In his suit, Dawson contends he created a number of possible logo designs for Millennium after verbally negotiating an agreement with an agent for Technicolor Creative Services, which shopped Dawson's designs to the studio, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Nov 2, 2011

The popular social network Twitter recently won a lawsuit against VS Technologies LLC, which had accused the social networking website of infringement over a patent for building virtual communities.

Twitter, which was launched in 2006 and now has more than 100 million active users, was cleared of all charges.

“We are gratified that a jury has agreed that this suit had no merit,” Sean Garrett, a spokesman for Twitter, said in an e-mail to Bloomberg News.

Oct 31, 2011

SCG Power Rangers LLC, the company that owns the rights to the "Power Rangers" TV series and related products, recently filed a lawsuit against Underdog Endeavors, alleging the company's Power Rangers Halloween costumes constitute copyright infringement.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, SCG sent Underdog several cease-and-desist letters requesting the company halt sale of the costumes, and filed suit when Underdog did not comply.

Oct 31, 2011

The trust of iconic science fiction writer Philip K. Dick recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the makers of the motion picture "The Adjustment Bureau," based on the Dick story "The Adjustment Team." The suit alleges the film's distributor, producer and writer/director are attempting to avoid paying royalties by erroneously asserting the copyright on "The Adjustment Team" has run out.

According to the legal complaint, George Nolfi and Michael Hackett approached the Philip K.

Oct 31, 2011

CPC Properties, owner of the Chickie's and Pete's restaurant chain, recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against New York J & P Pizza, alleging J & P's "Maryland crab fries" menu item infringes on the trademarked crab fries offered by Chickie's and Pete's.

The lawsuit states that Chickie's and Pete's owns a federally registered trademark for the phrase "Crab Fries" to describe "seasoned french fries served hot and cooked to order." According to the suit, crab fries have become a signature item at the eight Ch