Just seven days after the ALS took the plunge and filed applications for registration of the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE marks, the ALS abandoned them.
Chief Judge Stark Denies Toshiba’s Motion for Summary Judgment of Non-Infringement of Patent-in-Suit
By Memorandum Order entered by The Honorable Leonard P. Stark in St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, Inc. v. Toshiba Corporation, et al., Civil Action No. 09-354-LPS (D.Del., August 27, 2014), the Court denied the Motion for Summary Judgment of Non-Infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,630,163 of defendants’ Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. and Toshiba America, Inc. (collectively, “Toshiba”).
The ALS Association has filed two trademark applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office for “ice bucket challenge” and “ALS ice bucket challenge” for the purposes of charitable fundraising. In recent weeks there has been a social media storm of people carrying out the challenge by pouring a bucket of iced water over their heads and making a donation to the ALS Association.
The United States government in conjunction with the Bloomberg Philanthropies held the first ever US-Africa Business Summit on August 4 – 6, 2014 to discuss trade opportunities in Africa. A primary focus of discussion at the summit was the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a regulation passed in 2000 to implement trade benefit provisions for sub-Saharan Africa.
I can’t even say the word! Don’t worry, I’ll have to eventually. Let’s just say the folks at CBS are likely pretty steamed up over getting hauled into court on a smelly copyright suit involving a noisy character from its popular NCIS show.
On August 14, 2014, Pro-Football, Inc. (“Pro-Football”) appealed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (“TTAB”) June 18, 2014 decision to cancel its registrations for six REDSKIN-formative trademarks. As we previously reported, the TTAB’s 2-1 decision found that those trademarks were not entitled to be registered on the basis that a “substantial composite of Native Americans found the term REDSKINS to be disparaging in connection with [the football team’s] services” during the time period when registration was sought.
The history of blue jeans starts with a patent. In 1873, a patent entitled “Improvement in Fastening Pocket-Openings” was issued to a tailor named Jacob Davis and his cloth supplier Levi Strauss.
In two decisions issued under the same name (Ferring B.V. v. Watson Laboratories, Inc.), the Federal Circuit upheld the validity of the Orange Book-listed patents for Lysteda®, but found that they were not infringed by either Apotex’s or Watson’s Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs).
The Washington Redskins trademark controversy is far from over. Despite the fact that certain news and sports commentators and mainstream newspapers and organizations have announced that they will no longer use the term “Redskins” when reporting on the National League football team, and the fact that a variety of public figures, including President Obama, have expressed an opinion that the name should be changed, team owner Dan Snyder continues to steadfastly defend the name as expressing only “honor and respect” and state that he has no intention of ever changing it.