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November 2017 Archives

Los Angeles house band accuses H&M of patent infringement

"Classixx" is a Los Angeles house band that has enjoyed a considerable amount of global success. The band has recently gotten involved in a legal dispute after clothing H&M began selling sweaters with its band name proudly featured on them. Classixx said that it never gave H&M permission to list its band name and now the band has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against H&M in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California.

Did someone steal your intellectual property?

The internet is massive and the range of products available for purchase through online retailers is endless. California customers can go online and search for virtually any product to find the best price available -- often turning to foreign suppliers for the best deals. However, what if another supplier is offering something that looks exactly like your branded and patented product? And what if that seller is undercutting your prices significantly? If you're facing competition like this, it's possible that your intellectual property rights are being violated.

Do this before applying for a patent

The patent process can be involved and it comes with specific costs. Therefore, before you get a patent, you should carry out a few tasks to ensure that getting a patent is right for you, your company and your invention or intellectual property.

Common intellectual property right lawsuits

As long as humans are alive, they will probably argue about who should receive credit for which idea. This is why trademark litigation is such an important area of the law. Numerous disagreements arrive over intellectual property rights. Also falling under this category of the law are cases that involve people who try to steal the mark or brand of others and apply it to a different product.

United States International Trade Commission: Section 337

The United States International Trade Commission has the power to conduct "Section 337 investigations." These investigations relate to alleged intellectual property rights violations. For example, perhaps an imported product or good infringes upon another company's or individual's trademark or patent. The International Trade Commission would conduct a Section 337 investigation to look into the matter.

The Great Strawberry Fight reaches peace accords

An intellectual property lawsuit has been settled between the University of California and a strawberry-growing operation. UC Davis alleged in the lawsuit that the strawberry growers -- California Berry Cultivars (CBC) -- stole its proprietary strawberry plants in order to gain distinct advantages in California's strawberry industry.

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