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January 2018 Archives

Grumpy Cat case resolved for $710,000

Grumpy Cat Limited won a $710,000 award for copyright and trademark infringement by Grenade Beverage. The amount was decided by a jury verdict in the Central District of California court on Jan. 23. In 2013, Grenade Beverage was given a license to use the image of Grumpy Cat to market an iced coffee called Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino. Grenade would form Grumpy Beverage as a subsidiary for the purposes of selling this beverage.

Eagles and real-life Hotel California settle dispute

An ongoing trademark battle between the famous classic US rock band, the Eagles, and a Mexican hotel calling itself Hotel California has ended. The song "Hotel California" was one of the Eagles' greatest hits and continues to be popular decades after its release in 1976. The trademark case is over after the Hotel California in Mexico withdrew its own application for a trademark on the term.

U.S. Army files trademark litigation against Las Vegas NHL team

Hockey fans in California may be enjoying the Cinderella inaugural season of the National Hockey League expansion Vegas Golden Knights, but lawyers representing the U.S. Army expressed less enthusiasm regarding the team's name and color scheme. Army lawyers have filed an intellectual property litigation action, accusing the team of trademark infringement. They claim that the Army acquired "exclusive rights" to the name as well as "common law rights" for the color combinations of black and gold as well as yellow and white in combination the name. The filing states that the trademarks were established as far back as the 1960s for the service branch's parachute team.

Recent infringement suit is the latest legal hurdle for Spotify

Music lovers in San Diego helped Spotify begin 2018 with an estimated 70 million users. However, January has seen the content-streaming company dealing with an even bigger -- but much less desirable -- number. The rights owner of a catalog including songs from Tom Petty, the Doors and Mariah Carey has initiated intellectual property litigation against Spotify, asking courts for some $1.6 billion in compensation.

Harley Davidson sues clothing company over trademark

The California-based clothing company Affliction is being sued by Harley-Davidson over alleged trademark infringement according to reports. The lawsuit is said to have been filed in a federal court in the motorcycle manufacturer's home state of Wisconsin. According to reports, Harley-Davidson chose to take legal action after being unsatisfied with Affliction's response to a cease-and-desist letter sent to the company on Oct. 18.

Numerous lawsuits filed against Apple Inc.

If you are like many smartphone users in America, you might own an iPhone. Whether your phone is an older model or you are the proud owner of a new iPhone X, you paid enough money to expect your device to run like a well-tuned sports car for years. However, recent lawsuits against the company filed in California, other states and overseas are claiming the opposite.

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