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Guns N’ Roses files trademark suit against Colorado brewery

Legendary rock group Guns N’ Roses filed a trademark infringement lawsuit last week against Canarchy Craft Brewing Collectives’ Oskar Blues Brewery over their “Guns ‘N’ Rosé” ale. The Colorado brewery reportedly began selling Guns ‘N’ Rosé as well as accompanying merchandise in 2018 without approval from the band.

Williams-Sonoma allowed to move forward in suit against Amazon

Housewares seller Williams-Sonoma filed suit against Amazon back in December, alleging the online retailer improperly used the Williams-Sonoma name and copied furniture designs. Last week, a judge in the Northern District of California found that, despite Amazon’s claims to the contrary, Williams-Sonoma has a plausible trademark claim against Amazon.

California strawberry growers clash over juicy patents

There is nothing physical about a California strawberry that makes it distinct from strawberries grown elsewhere. They are all red, plump and juicy. But the story of our state’s strawberry is juicy, too, filled with stories of theft, intrigue and collusion.

A replay of IP litigation: TiVo versus Comcast again

It has been two decades since TiVo revolutionized the world of television with its digital video recorders. Once ubiquitous, TiVo has seen its technological innovations and market share dwindle as competitors offered similar services and hardware.

San Diego’s Qualcomm stuns with unexpected Apple settlement

The world was anticipating a bruising fight between two tech giants in the Qualcomm v. Apple court battle when the unexpected happened and the two sides agreed to settle their differences. The settlement of the intellectual property dispute took nearly everyone by surprise, but in retrospect, it made sense for both companies – and for consumers, too.

San Diego’s Qualcomm ready for more high-stakes IP litigation

Last month, two of the biggest technology companies in the world argued in front of a trade judge. San Diego’s Qualcomm prevailed in battle, though it was awarded what amounts to pocket change (a mere $31 million) after it convinced the judge that Apple had infringed on a pair of Qualcomm patents.

Tesla accuses start-up, former employees of stealing trade secrets

Two California companies very familiar with each other find themselves embroiled in a legal dispute over trade secrets. According to documents filed in court, electric automaker Tesla is accusing four former employees of stealing trade secrets and then providing them to Zoox, a start-up developing autonomous vehicle technology.

California bakery settles intellectual property infringement suit

If you drive along the coast for a little more than 100 miles north of San Diego, you will come to a little slice of Hawaii. You can a bit of the island’s cuisine in Torrance, home of King’s Hawaiian bakery. The company was founded in Hawaii back in the 1950s, but moved its headquarters to California in the late 1980s.

University of California deep in dispute over gene-editing IP

On one side, you have the University of California. On the side, there’s Harvard and MIT’s Broad Institute. The intellectual property dispute involving some of the nation’s premier institutes of higher learning revolves around the question of which of them will reap the rewards of their work together that resulted in CRISPR/Cas 9 discoveries.

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