Posts tagged "Intellectual Property Litigation"
Californians who are fans of Kid Rock might be interested to learn that the singer is being sued for using the moniker "Greatest Show on Earth" for his upcoming tour. Feld Entertainment, which owns the trademark to the tagline, recently filed a lawsuit against the singer in Florida.
The San Diego Comic-Con currently attracts 130,000 people to its annual convention in California, and a jury decision has affirmed that the term "comic con" is a trademark that belongs to the event's organizers. Comic-Con International had filed a suit in federal court against the Salt Lake Comic Con for infringing upon its rights to use the term.
Trademark counterfeiting and infringement lead to substantial losses for businesses in California and throughout the U.S. each year. Trademark counterfeiting and infringement are especially problematic during the holidays as consumers make more purchases.
For generations, the literary works of John Steinbeck have been appreciated by readers in California, but the rights to the author's legacy have been a source of dispute among his heirs for decades. In the most recent legal action, the author's grandchildren lost an appeal against his stepdaughter. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed the ruling of a lower court that dismissed the complaint regarding royalties on the basis of a 1983 settlement agreement.
California fans of the movie Frozen may be interested to learn about a legal dispute that has arisen over the hit song "Let It Go." A Spanish recording artist is suing the company, claiming its melody was taken from his song "Volar."
California residents may play Call of Duty or have heard of the popular video game that features vehicles such as the Humvee. On Nov. 7, AM General filed suit against Activision Blizzard Inc. claiming that it used trademarks in the game without permission. AM General, which makes the Humvee, says that consumers may assume that the company is somehow connected with the game.
California is known for its robust internet technology sector, and the rise of online content has created new venues where copyright infringement can take place. The case of the American Chemical Society against Sci-Hub illustrates the challenges of stopping infringement from international sources and holding third-party internet services accountable.