Apple Successfully Trademarks Store Design
It took Apple three years to accomplish it, but the company has finally been granted trademark protection for its store layout. Key features of Apple’s stores that are protected by the trademark include the heavy glass doors, the floating glass staircase, and even the room where classes are taught. The placement of specific items in the store is also covered in the trademark registration.
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Apple loves to patent and protect its products. Now, according to a trademark application, the company aims to keep others from copying the design and layout of its retail stores.
Nearly three years after Apple filed for a trademark to protect its store design, the request has been approved this week by the US Patent & Trademark Office.
Among the trademarked features is the “clear glass storefront surrounded by a paneled facade consisting of large, rectangular horizontal panels over the top of the glass front.” This is in line with other Apple Store patents granted in the past for features such as its floating glass staircase. Continue reading…
Agricultural Company in Turkey Tries to Trademark “Idaho”
A Turkish agricultural group that produces plant and animal products is attempting to trademark the word “Idaho” for its products. The state of Idaho and its potato farmers are fighting back, however, because this would infringe on their use of the term in the United States. If others use “Idaho” on their products, it limits the state’s ability to control for quality.
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An ag group in Turkey has applied to the Turkish Patent Institute to trademark the word “IDAHO” for its agricultural, plant and animal products – and the Idaho Potato Commission doesn’t take too kindly to that idea.
Neither did the Idaho Senate, which on Thursday fast-tracked a resolution against the move proposed by the Potato Commission and passed it unanimously.
“If that office grants them that authority to use IDAHO as their trademark, they can both sell and market products both in Turkey and internationally using the Idaho name,” said Sen. Steve Bair, R-Blackfoot, Senate Agriculture Committee chairman. “I guess we take exception to that. This is not intended to poke our finger into Turkey’s eye, but they need to understand that we treasure the Idaho name.” If others can use it on their products, he said, “We lose the ability to regulate the quality of Idaho’s products.” Continue reading…
Sony Files New Gaming Community Trademark
The term “BigFest” has been trademarked by Sony and is rumored to be the name of a new online gaming community. The trademark registration mentions PlayStation Home, another such type of Internet gaming site. The application was filed over a year ago, but has finally been approved.
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Sony has trademarked a service called “BigFest,” sparking speculation that the company is working on another social network akin to PlayStation Home. The trademark references Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), which developed the original PlayStation Home.
IGN reports that the trademark was filed almost a year ago, on February 6, 2012, but wasn’t published until January 1 of this year. The trademark says it includes “hosting on-line web facilities for interactive game play” and “hosting web sites of others for video and computer games or parts of video and computer games created by others on a computer server for a global computer network.” It also mentions “introducing video game players to each other for the purposes of playing multiplayer games online, participating in online games communities and competitions, and online player networking and social interaction.” Continue reading…
Dispute Over Kevlar Trademark
DuPont Co. owns the Kevlar trademark, which sports equipment maker Easton-Bell has been using on some of its products. DuPont claims to have tried to reach a licensing agreement with Easton-Bell, but the offer was rejected. Both sides are now filing lawsuits against each other.
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The DuPont Co. is feuding with sports equipment maker Easton-Bell Sports over the use of the Kevlar trademark in packaging for bicycle tires and locks.
DuPont filed a federal lawsuit in Delaware this week claiming that Easton-Bell’s prominent use of the Kevlar trademark on tire and lock packages infringes on DuPont’s trademark. DuPont says Easton-Bell’s packaging suggests that DuPont endorses or sponsors the tire and lock products, which it does not.
DuPont tried to work out a licensing deal with Easton-Bell, based in Scotts Valley, Calif., but Easton-Bell rejected it, saying DuPont’s proposed licensing fees were exorbitant. Continue reading…