Trademarks

Find the latest news stories on trademark infringement claims, trials, appeals and verdicts.

Sep 26, 2011

A Houston-area macaroni-and-cheese restaurant is engaged in a trademark dispute with worldwide fast-food giant McDonald's.

Jus' Mac owner Kimberly Alvarez filed to trademark the "Jus' Mac" name in 2010.

Sep 26, 2011

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Sep 21, 2011

Famous luxury brand Chanel recently filed a cyber piracy and trademark infringement lawsuit against 399 websites, alleging the sites sell counterfeit items.

The suit contends sites like wholesale-cheapjewelry.com purvey wallets, shoes, scarves, watches, jewelry, handbags and other goods that are illegal copies of Chanel products, marked with the Chanel logo. To attract web traffic, the sites use keywords in order to appear high on Google and Yahoo!

Sep 13, 2011

Computer giant Apple has sued Fangguo, a food company based in Sichuan, China, for trademark infringement, alleging the Fangguo logo is too similar to Apple's.

The Fangguo logo is an apple with a stem and a leaf, though it doesn't have a bite taken out of it like Apple computer's iconic logo. Apple's logo also lacks a stem and doesn't have any writing, whereas Fangguo's features Chinese characters inscribed within the apple.

Sep 9, 2011

The organizers of Bridge Day, a West Virginia festival featuring events at the state's New River Gorge Bridge, recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against David and Donna Sibray and Charles Gibson, who own and operate the website WVBridgeDay.com.

The plaintiffs allege the unofficial website WVBridgeDay.com site illegally utilizes the phrase Bridge Day, which the event trademarked in 2004, and provides inaccurate information about Bridge Day that has led to questions and complaints from prospective attendees.

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