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Apple Faces Potential $38 Million Fine in China as $1.6 Billion Lawsuit Over 'iPad' Trademark Proceeds

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iSmashPhone summarizes a pair of reports from China claiming that Apple is facing a potential 240 million yuan ($38 million) fine from governmental authorities over alleged trademark infringement involving the "iPad" name. The fine pales, however, in comparison to the $1.6 billion Proview Technology, which claims to own the name,...
Apple Faces Potential $38 Million Fine in China as $1.6 Billion Lawsuit Over 'iPad' Trademark Proceeds
FunnyJunk's lawyer personally sues The Oatmeal creator

CEO Says SOPA & CISPA Are Needed Because A Disgruntled Customer Once Set Up A Parody Site To Mock Him

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The Washington Post is running a rather bizarre op-ed piece from a guy who runs an "internet marketing"/SEO business in which he argues that we need SOPA and CISPA because someone once set up a parody page mocking his business -- something that this guy, Kenneth Wisnefski claims is "an...
CEO Says SOPA & CISPA Are Needed Because A Disgruntled Customer Once Set Up A Parody Site To Mock Him

Chinese Authorities and Retailers Removing iPads from Sale Over Trademark Issues?

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Last week, we offered an update on the ongoing trademark dispute in China between Apple and Proview Technology, which claims to have held ownership of the "iPad" trademark there since 2000. Apple is said to be facing a potential fine of approximately $38 million from the government while Proview is...
Chinese Authorities and Retailers Removing iPads from Sale Over Trademark Issues?

Can I Sue You People? Troll Lawyer Sues The Charities The Oatmeal Supports

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So here’s a nice twist to the whole Oatmeal saga: the FunnyJunk lawyer who has been aggrieved by the Internet is now suing the National Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Federation. Yes. He’s suing the bears. And the cancer. Popehat dug up the lawsuits. They include: 1. The lawsuit...
Can I Sue You People? Troll Lawyer Sues The Charities The Oatmeal Supports

Bluetooth dock adapter Pear disappears from Kickstarter, founders promise return under new name

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You might remember Pear, a recent Insert Coin debutant that connects your favorite iDevice dock to (almost) any Bluetooth-connected smartphone. However, you probably didn't notice its swift disappearance from Kickstarter just before the weekend. The people behind the project have contacted us, explaining that the crowdfunding site was hit...
Bluetooth dock adapter Pear disappears from Kickstarter, founders promise return under new name

Italian art blog CocaColla raises online ruckus after Coca-Cola does the obvious

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CocaColla.it, a two year-old Italian blog about street art, music, design, culture and advertising, received two letters from The Coca-Cola Company a few weeks ago, in which the beverage manufacturer requested the blog to change its name and transfer the URL over to them in order to avoid consumer confusion,...
Italian art blog CocaColla raises online ruckus after Coca-Cola does the obvious
Craigslist sues site that makes its apartment listings easier to find

Court Grants Injunction Against Caterina Fake's Use Of The Name 'Pinwheel'

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It looks like Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake may have to find a new name for her new product Pinwheel. A New York court has granted a preliminary injunction against Fake’s startup 2bkco, as requested by a similarly named startup Pinweel. The injunction was posted on Scribd by lawyer and blogger Venkat...
Court Grants Injunction Against Caterina Fake's Use Of The Name 'Pinwheel'

Authorities Removing Apple iPads From Chinese Store Shelves?

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So says this report (Chinese) from Hebei Youth Daily. Apparently as a result of the Proview iPad trademark infringement verdict, some local Administrations of Industry and Commerce (AIC) have started to confiscate Apple ($AAPL) iPads they find on sale. The article claims that many stores and resellers have taken the products...
Authorities Removing Apple iPads From Chinese Store Shelves?
Chinese customs: iPad too powerful and popular to be banned
Proview tries to block iPads from coming in or going out of China

Oh, no, now the FunnyJunk lawyer is reportedly suing The Oatmeal’s charity picks

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The legal squabbles between Matthew Inman, the Seattle based Web comic better known as The Oatmeal, and Charles Carreon, the attorney for the humor site FunnyJunk, are getting more bizarre. Reports circulating today indicate that Carreon — in addition to continuing his fight against Inman — is now turning his legal attacks...
Oh, no, now the FunnyJunk lawyer is reportedly suing The Oatmeal’s charity picks

Canadian IP Lobby Calls For SOPA North, Complete With Website Blocking And Secondary Liability

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The Canadian IP Council, one of the country's biggest intellectual property lobbying groups, has just released its policy roadmap (pdf) for the coming years, and the list of goals and recommendations is disturbingly ambitious. The document focuses primarily on counterfeiting and trademark issues, but its list of remedies amounts to...
Canadian IP Lobby Calls For SOPA North, Complete With Website Blocking And Secondary Liability
Apple scores a win in Shanghai court, iPad sales to continue

Apple defends claims to iPad trademark in Chinese court hearing

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Apple's lawyers defended the company's claims to the iPad trademark in China on Wednesday during a high-stakes court hearing that could decide whether Chinese authorities ban the tablet for trademark infringement....
Apple defends claims to iPad trademark in Chinese court hearing

Apple chief Tim Cook in China: Three things he could be doing

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Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook is in China, for reasons unknown. Amid Foxconn strikes, trademark infringement allegations and iPhone sales, here’s what he could be up to....
Apple chief Tim Cook in China: Three things he could be doing

$7,000 Fine for Sharing “WordPress For Dummies” on BitTorrent

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Last fall, John Wiley and Sons became the first book publisher to go after BitTorrent users in the US. And the publisher didn’t stop at just one. In recent months Wiley has filed more than a dozen mass BitTorrent lawsuits involving a few hundred John Doe defendants in total. The...
$7,000 Fine for Sharing “WordPress For Dummies” on BitTorrent

Kony 2012 group threatens lawsuit over 'wartime' Kickstarter-like parody site

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NYU students conceived Kickstriker.com at a hoax, but Invisible Children isn't laughing and has ordered them to take it downYou may have missed it last month when Kickstriker.com, a darkly humorous, militarized play on Kickstarter, quietly rolled out. Wired's Spencer Ackerman, one of the few who picked up on the...
Kony 2012 group threatens lawsuit over 'wartime' Kickstarter-like parody site

Feds Continue Crackdown On Poker... By Seizing The Wrong Bodog Domain

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The feds domain name seizure powers seem simple enough (if of extremely questionable legality, seeing as domains involve speech which requires a higher standard to seize), so it really amazes me how badly they seem to regularly screw up in using them. The latest is the seizure of Bodog.com as...
Feds Continue Crackdown On Poker... By Seizing The Wrong Bodog Domain

Pair, the Buzzy App for Couples, Gets a Third Wheel: A Lawsuit

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Can Pair thumbkiss its way out of a lawsuit? Looks like thunderstorms could ruin the honeymoon for Pair, the "perfect sexting app" that struck us as less sexy than monogamy-inducing. The Y Combinator-backed social network for couples just raised $4.2 million last week from a slew of high-profile investors, but...
Pair, the Buzzy App for Couples, Gets a Third Wheel: A Lawsuit

Craigslist Sues PadMapper; Founder Says He Tried to Negotiate

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Craiglist, which is surprisingly litigious considering its hippy mentality, has sued PadMapper and data scraper 3taps, which had provided an alternative and more modern map-based display that included site’s listings. The lawsuit was filed July 20 in federal court in San Francisco and first reported by GigaOM. Though PadMapper developer...
Craigslist Sues PadMapper; Founder Says He Tried to Negotiate
Chinese authorities seize iPads over trademark infringement

What Happens If File Sharing Can Also Be Prosecuted As Trademark Infringement?

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In the arguments over ACTA, one criticism seemed widely accepted: that it tries to bundle together two quite different challenges -- tackling counterfeit goods, like fake medicines, and dealing with unauthorized file sharing. One popular suggestion was that ACTA should be split in two in order to handle those separately...
What Happens If File Sharing Can Also Be Prosecuted As Trademark Infringement?

Louis Vuitton Loses Bogus Trademark Lawsuit: Using Fake Handbag In Hangover II Isn't Infringement

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Louis Vuitton is probably the biggest of the trademark bullies out there. We have a bunch of posts detailing some of Louis Vuitton's overreach. Unfortunately, just a couple months ago, it actually won in one of its more bizarre claims -- that a clearly fake basketball in a commercial damaged...
Louis Vuitton Loses Bogus Trademark Lawsuit: Using Fake Handbag In Hangover II Isn't Infringement
'Kony 2012' Filmmakers Can't Take Parody; Send Cease-And-Desist Claiming Copyright & Trademark Infringement

US-based iTV Entertainment preemptively strikes out against Apple over ‘iTV’ trademark

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Today, US-based iTV entertainment issued a press release warning Apple to stop infringing its trademark ‘iTV’ name which it has hed since its formation in 2001. The company uses the 2011 U.S. Patent No. 2011/0154394 A1 (illustration, right) as an example that Apple is already using the iTV trademark, if...
US-based iTV Entertainment preemptively strikes out against Apple over ‘iTV’ trademark

Uniloc In Such A Rush To Sue 'Minecraft' For Patent Infringement, It Didn't Even Spell The Name Right

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Last time we visited Notch, the creator of Minecraft, and his legal woes, he was being sued for trademark infringement over his company Mojang's latest game, Scrolls. That suit was eventually settled--though unfortunately not over a Quake 3 match as Notch proposed. We probably won't get a similar offer from...
Uniloc In Such A Rush To Sue 'Minecraft' For Patent Infringement, It Didn't Even Spell The Name Right

Shanghai Court Rejects iPad Injunction Request

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Apple's iPad won't be banned from sale in Shanghai, after a local court rejected a trademark infringement-related sales injunction request....
Shanghai Court Rejects iPad Injunction Request

Unfortunate: Appeals Court Revives Misguided Rosetta Stone Lawsuit Against Google

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There have been a number of silly lawsuits against Google for the fact that companies can buy AdWords ads based on trademarked terms. These lawsuits are problematic on a few different levels. First, using trademarked keywords to trigger ads isn't infringement. It's a perfectly reasonable use. In the same way...
Unfortunate: Appeals Court Revives Misguided Rosetta Stone Lawsuit Against Google
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