Intellectual Property Rights

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

Oct 25, 2011

New Mexico-based software development company Basis filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against BlackBerry maker Research in Motion on October 24.

In its lawsuit, Basis takes issue with the name of RIM's soon-to-be launched operating system, BBX.

Oct 25, 2011

Two members of a 1980s Chicago-based band called Kid Rocker recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the band Poison, alleging the hair metal hitmakers stole Kid Rocker material to create such well-known songs as "Talk Dirty to Me" and "Fallen Angel."

Plaintiffs Billy McCarthy and James Stonich contend that guitarist C.C. DeVille was familiar with Kid Rocker's music because he auditioned for the band prior to joining Poison.

Oct 20, 2011

DuPont recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Monsanto, kicking off the latest round of legal wrangling between the rival companies.

DuPont subsidiary Pioneer, maker of Hi-Bred seed products, sued Monsanto for alleged antitrust violations in 2009.

Oct 19, 2011

An intra-family trademark battle has broken out, pitting handbag designer Laura Buccellati against her great-uncle Mario Buccellati's jewelry company.

The jewelry company recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in a federal court in New York, alleging that Laura Buccellati has used her name to falsely suggest that the family company is associated with her line of luxury handbags, wallets, belts and other accessories, Women's Wear Daily reported.

The complaint singled out a sentence on Laura Buccellati's website, stating that her handbag products are made i

Oct 18, 2011

On October 18, a federal appeals court in New York City began hearing oral arguments in a long-running copyright infringement case between media giant Viacom and internet file-sharing site YouTube.

Viacom originally filed the lawsuit in 2007, alleging that YouTube users routinely posted videos of Viacom's copyrighted works, such as "The Daily Show with John Stewart." Viacom sought $1 billion in damages.